Display screen equipment (DSE) policies: guidance and examples
Read guidance from HSE on best practice, and see examples of display screen equipment (DSE) policies from schools and LAs.
Display screen equipment (DSE) policies are non-statutory. You're not legally required to have one, but it's a good idea if your staff regularly use DSE.
Read guidance on the use of DSE
Any employee who habitually uses DSE in the workplace is considered a 'user'.
Regular users have the right to eye tests on request, and special spectacles if needed.
This is according to the Health and Safety (Display Screen Equipment) Regulations 1992 (see sections 1 and 5).
Good practice guidelines from HSE
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) says that:
- Forearms should be approximately horizontal and the user’s eyes should be the same height as the top of the screen
- Excess pressure from the edge of seats on the backs of legs and knees should be avoided
- A computer mouse should be within easy reach, so it can be used with a straight wrist
- Individual characters on screens should be sharp, and in focus, without flickering