Display screen Equipment (DSE) is a generic phrase to refer to devices or equipment that have an alphanumeric or graphic display screen and includes display screens, laptops, touch screens and other similar devices.
The Health and Safety Executive ( HSE) have defined a DSE user as anyone using DSE devices for more than one continuous hour per day. The guidance also states that a thorough risk assessment should be undertaken for those using DSE devises as a part of their work.
Further information about DSE can be found on the University Central Safety Office website and the Health and Safety Executive.
If your department classes you as a 'display screen equipment (DSE) user' you are entitled to request an eye test. Your departmental administrator will arrange for you to visit one of the University's nominated opticians and reimburse the cost of the test. If the optician says a new or altered prescription is needed specifically for VDU use, the department will contribute £75 towards the cost. Full details are available on the Safety Office website.
Within each department there should be a nominated and trained DSE assessor who is able to help you with any problems you may have carrying out the assessment or to help guide you in regards to any changes to your DSE station set up you may need. We would also encourage you and your DSE assessor to discuss any issues identified with your manager.
If the person is experiencing significant musculoskeletal problems, after the DSE assessment, we would advise you refer the employee, with their consent, to Occupational Health for an assessment of their presenting symptoms and medical history to enable Occupational Health to advise you in regards to how support your employee in the work place.
Where appropriate, an Occupational Health Adviser (OHA) may visit the workplace to observe the individual's work activities and make recommendations with regards any necessary workplace modifications eg posture and/or work environment, and discuss these with the employee and their supervisor.
Undergraduate and postgraduate students should seek advice from their GP and the Oxford Students' Disability Advisory Service.
All display screen equipment (DSE) users should complete a self-assessment of their workstation and any actions arising should be followed up by the departmental DSE Coordinator
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