Health and Safety


Incorrect use of DSE or poorly designed workstations or work environments can lead to pain in necks, shoulders, backs, arms, wrists and hands as well as fatigue and eye strain. 

The Health and Safety (Display Screen Equipment) Regulations 1992 aim to protect the health of people who work with display screen equipment. The Regulations were introduced because DSE has become one of the most common kinds of work equipment.

That doesn't mean that DSE work is high risk – it isn't. However muscular skeletal problems can be avoided if users follow effective practice, set up their workstations properly and take breaks during prolonged use. By just taking a few simple precautions, work with DSE can be more comfortable and productive.

In relation to DSE use in the home working environment, check the link below.

 University Duties

  • Provide DSE Workstation assessments
  • Provide training and infomation
  • Provide an eye test if a worker asks for one
  • Reduce risks, including making sure workers take breaks from DSE work or do something different 
Information for DSE Assessors

HSE DSE Information and Resources

Health and Safety Department

Pharmacy Building (Building 63)
University Park
University of Nottingham
Nottingham, NG7 2RD

Telephone: Telephone: +44 (0)115 9513401
Email: h&