Procedure and Information on DSE use at work

What is DSE?

Devices or equipment with an alphanumeric or graphic display screen and includes PC/Mac monitors, laptops, touch screens, smartphones and tablets.

Purpose of this procedure and information

To identify and protect employees who regularly use DSE as a significant part of their normal work.  This may be quantified as continuous periods of an hour or more for most days at work.

RGU responsibilities to employees

  • Analyse workstations to assess and reduce risks to your health
  • Make sure controls are in place
  • Provide information / training
  • Provide eye and eyesight tests on request
  • Provide special spectacles if needed solely and specifically for DSE use
  • Review DSE assessments if the equipment, environment or personnel change

Procedure and guidance - managers and employees (PDF 216KB)

Working with DSE - User Guide (PPT 2MB)

DSE User Checklist (DOC 184KB)

Good practice

Eye and Eyesight testing

The Health and Safety (Display Screen Equipment) Regulations 1992 entitles all employees identified as “DSE Users” to an eye and eyesight test.

DSE Work does not cause damage to eyes or eyesight. Eye tests are provided to employees to ensure that users can comfortably see the screen and work effectively without visual fatigue.

Eye tests are accessed free by UK residents in Scotland:

  • Once every two years if you are between 16 and 59 years old and once every year if -
  • You are under 16
  • Are 60 or over
  • Have Ocular Hypertension or Diabetes
  • Have Gluacoma
  • Are over 40 and your Mother, Father, Brother, Sister or Son has Gluacoma

Take the eye and eyesight test form to your appointment. The University will provide financial support if corrective lenses are required solely for the purposes of DSE use.

Eye and Eyesight Examination Form (DOC 655KB)