Computer Use at YSJ
The hazards associated with regular use of
computers or other Display Screen Equipment (‘DSE’) are sometimes
underestimated. But bad posture, poor ergonomic design and
insufficient breaks can lead to discomfort and sometimes chronic
disorders which may affect your home and working life.
As most of us will use DSE whilst at work, the
University has recognised this fact and has committed itself to try
and minimise risks arising from DSE use. The University will
provide suitable equipment, workstations, together
with changes in activity.
The University encourages all computer users
to have regular eye tests – even if you do not believe that you are
having eyesight problems - and the Health & Safety Officer will
also refund the cost of the eyesight test (up to £15). In
addition, if prescription spectacles are required specifically for
DSE work, the University will also contribute to the cost of a pair
of basic glasses (up to £45). All claims should be made by
completing a Staff Expenses Form and by
asking the Optician to complete a University Eye
Sight Test Claim Form.
As part of their responsibility for their own
welfare it is the University Policy for all staff to access and
complete DSE information, instruction and training including an
online self -assessment questionnaire.
To access and complete the
- ‘It’s a Setup’
They must then discuss the results and any
recommendations arising from this assessment with their line
manager who is responsible for ensuring that all actions required
are put in to place.
We have also a number of DSE Assessors in all
Faculties or Directorates who have had additional training from the
Health & Safety Officer. They can assist managers and
staff with queries which may have arisen from a self-assessment and
they may also undertake a face to face assessment where particular
To learn more read Display Screen Equipment Policy for
more information on our procedures.
The Health & Safety Executive (HSE) also
provide particular guidance on
DSE and a Safe Office