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Display screen equipment policy

Display screen equipment (DSE) policy

As computers are a regular feature of any business, it’s useful to have a policy that sets out how you implement the legal requirements surrounding their use. Our eight-part policy will help get you started.

DSE policy

Considering most office workers now use computers regularly, a good starting point is to have a clear policy on how you will implement the requirements of the DSE Regulations. A Display Screen Equipment (DSE) Policy can contain a number of different elements including your procedures for display screen assessments and the process for rectifying any problems.

Using the policy

Following the first two introductory sections, which outline the general statement and legal position respectively, the third section sets out how you define a computer “user” under the DSE Regulations. The main reason for doing this is that under these Regulations a “user” is not only entitled to have an eye test at your expense, but payment for a basic pair of glasses should the optician determine that they are necessary for DSE use. Section four outlines your procedures, from issuing a self-assessment questionnaire through to taking regular breaks away from the computer screen. Employee duties are outlined in section five, and section six sets out that only a designated “user” may request an eye test. Section seven concerns the supply of glasses and how much you’re willing to pay, whilst the last section briefly covers laptop users (there is a separate policy for such use).


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