Display screen equipment (DSE), previously known as visual display units (VDUs), covers cathode ray screens and liquid crystal displays, plasma screens and is inclusive of the use of laptops. Inappropriate use of DSE can cause upper limb disorders, such as tendonitis or carpal tunnel syndrome. It can also make you more aware of existing eyesight related problems or increase stress related problems.
Individuals can use the University’s DSE Self-Assessment program to report ongoing problems or identify ways to change their use of DSE in order to reduce the risk of problems developing.
Employees who use display screen equipment for a significant part of their work are referred to as DSE Users. DSE Users may ask their department for an eyesight test in relation to this work. The department is expected to meet the cost of the test and reasonable costs (up to £75) of any corrective spectacles recommended by the optometrist for DSE use.
Employees are not entitled to see an ophthalmic practitioner of their choosing for these tests. DSE Users must use one of the University nominated opticians. Information on nominated opticians is outlined in Appendix 4 of the University safety policy statement S8/09 – see below.
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