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Display Screen Equipment (DSE)


Display Screen Equipment (DSE) means computers or hand-held devices that display information and are provided by the University to be used by staff for work – for instance desktop computers, laptops, touch-screen tills, iPads, tablets, mobile phones, etc.  The use of DSE has become a significant part of everyday work-life for most people; however DSE-based work can cause injury/damage to a user’s physical and psychological health unless managed properly.


  • Staff who need an eye test – please follow the ‘DSE Eye Test Procedure’ under the ‘Downloads’ link at the bottom of this webpage. You should go to one of the many locations of Bayfields opticians (preferably taking your staff ID with you). Bayfields’ staff will explain more about what to do, when you book your appointment.​
  • Staff who cannot reasonably get to a Bayfields optician and who need an eye test - As the University already has a pre-paid contract with Bayfields to provide eye tests, we encourage you to go to one of the many Bayfields optician locations. If you use a different optician, the University effectively has to pay twice for the provision. If you genuinely can’t get to a Bayfields optician, please follow the ‘Interim Eye Test Procedure for University staff who are either working off campus or are non-Leeds-based’. ​You can find this Procedure under the ‘Downloads’ link at the bottom of this webpage. ​
  • See more information for staff working temporarily from home.

Key points of this protocol 

Staff who are DSE users (staff who use computers in connection with work) need to:

  • complete the three sections of the online DSE training module 
  • adjust their workstation in line with the module’s recommendations
  • follow the attached Procedures to gain the free eye test
  • report faults, accidents, incidents or diagnosed chronic ill health conditions related to working with DSEs

DSE Assessors are appointed to deal with problems identified by the online module, which staff can’t change themselves.

These bullet points are only a brief summary – the Standard sets out what needs to happen across the University. To find out what you need to do, how to use this protocol and what the documents attached below mean to you, see the FAQs.  

DSE related Downloads