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Display Screen Equipment (DSE)

It is the policy of Aston University to provide a safe and healthy working environment for its staff by complying with legal obligations and implementing best practice. This includes the measures to protect health and safety when they are working with Display Screen Equipment (DSE) as laid out by the requirements under the Health and Safety (Display Screen Equipment) Regulations 1992 (as amended in 2002). This includes equipment used on University premises and that used by employees at home regularly for work-related duties.

Schools and Departments have a local responsibility regarding DSE assessment of users and their workstations.  Workstations provided for student use should also be of an appropriate standard.  

Eyesight tests should be carried out by the University's Optometry Clinic. Approval for eye examinations must be obtained in advance from either the Executive Dean/Head of Support Department or other appropriately authorised person.

To ensure that all the requirements of the DSE regulations are satisfied, the optometrist should know from the outset, that he/she is conducting an examination under the DSE regulations. Appointments should be made directly with reception in Vision Sciences on 0121 204 3900.  Claims for the cost of eye sight tests carried out other than by Vision Sciences will not be met by the University.

The School/Department will contribute up to £50 towards the cost of corrective appliances if they are used specifically for DSE use where normal corrective appliances cannot be used.

If you have any problems with DSE, please contact the Health & Safety Unit or your trained DSE Assessor.