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Course contents

This training course is broken down into 4 sections

  1. 1 Physical
  2. 2 Visual
  3. 3 Stress
  4. 4 Portables
A man using a standing desk - DSE Training
Showing how to correctly sit at a desk

In this section, we’ll look at how you can minimise the risks to your physical health when you use DSE. We’ll explain how you should set up your DSE workstation and how to best use Display Screen Equipment, as well as how to maintain a good posture and why it’s so important.

The 20-20-20 rule of eyesight using DSE

In our second section, we’ll cover the visual problems that can be highlighted when you use DSE, and we’ll explain what you can do to help prevent them. We’ll explain how things should look on your computer screen, how to handle lighting and glare, and we’ll explain how you can prevent eye strain and headaches.

Stretching at your desk

We’ve explained how sitting or standing in one position for too long can be harmful to your body, but it can also cause stress. So in this section, we’ll explain how important it is to take breaks and why changes in activity are crucial in reducing or preventing stress. 

A riser for portable devices on an office desk

In this final section, we cover portable display screen equipment, including laptops, tablets and phones, and we explain how you can prevent muscle and joint problems when you’re carrying them or using them on the move - this is especially important for remote or agile workers who may find themselves on the move more frequently.

About this course

Anyone who regularly uses a computer legally requires DSE Training, this is also commonly referred to as ‘Computer Health and Safety Training’ or ‘VDU (Visual Display Unit) Training’. DSE also refers to laptops, tablets, TV screens, and even smartphones.

It’s no wonder this type of training is a legal requirement when you consider the HSE reported that in 2017/18, 469,000 workers suffered from work-related musculoskeletal disorders. Taking just 30 minutes to complete, our DSE training course will show you how to carry out a DSE risk assessment (DSE Risk Assessment also included), as well as how to better arrange your existing workplace equipment to minimise common negative symptoms associated with extended periods of time spent at a computer (such as eye strain, backache, etc.)

Whatever the type or size of your company, all your employees who sit at a computer for any part of their working day should have Display Screen Equipment training. This course has been designed to increase safety and awareness and to aid compliance with workplace regulations. This DSE training programme ensures that your employees understand how best to take care of their health by ensuring that their immediate working environment is the best it can be.

Includes online DSE Assessment Tool

Our DSE Assessment Tool simplifies DSE compliance and provides a complete online management tool for swift and simple issue resolution. With our training and assessment tool, working towards Display Screen Equipment compliance is simple!

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The importance of DSE Training (Display Screen Equipment)

It’s important that you comply with the law and understand the positive impact this training course can have on your organisation and employees.

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DSE Training certificate

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Each of our courses ends with a multiple choice test to measure your knowledge of the material.

This DSE Training (Display Screen Equipment) course concludes with a 20 question multiple choice test with a printable certificate. In addition, brief in-course questions guide the user through the sections of the training and are designed to reinforce learning and ensure maximum user engagement throughout.

As well as printable user certificates, training progress and results are all stored centrally in your LMS (Learning Management System) and can be accessed any time to reprint certificates, check and set pass marks and act as proof of a commitment to ongoing legal compliance.

What does my certificate include?

Your DSE Training (Display Screen Equipment) Certificate includes your name, company name (if applicable), name of course taken, pass percentage, date of completion, expiry date and stamps of approval or accreditations by recognised authorities.

Please note if you are using our course content via SCORM in a third party LMS then we are unable to provide certificates and you will need to generate these in your host LMS yourself.

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Why is this training important?


It's important that you comply with the law and know the ways in which it affects you and the way you work.

Display Screen Equipment Regulations:

The Health and Safety (Display Screen Equipment) Regulations of 1992 regulations (particularly parts 2, 4, 6 and 7) stipulate a legal workplace requirement that:

All employees are provided with adequate health and safety training in the use of any workstation upon which they may be required to work.
Employees are provided with adequate information regarding all aspects of health and safety relating to their workstations.
Employers should perform health and safety risk assessments of workstations.

The Health and Safety (Display Screen Equipment) Regulations of 1992, Sections 2,4 and 6

In terms of the frequency and nature of this training, employers are required to provide this 1) “When employment is started,” to be 2) “repeated on a regular basis, as well as where risks may be increased due to changes of responsibilities or changes in working practices; adapted to take account of new risks to health and safety;” and must “take place during working hours.”

Penalties for not following The Health and Safety (Display Screen Equipment) Regulations of 1992

Failure to provide Display Screen Equipment training to employees is a breach of DSE regulations. This can lead to employers facing prosecution, jail time and fines. Providing a DSE training course will help protect your business from any liability claims.

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Frequently asked questions

DSE training helps DSE users to avoid things like RSI (repetitive strain injury), headaches, eyestrain, and back problems, which are all proven to contribute to absenteeism. DSE training educates staff on the importance of correct DSE use and helps keep your staff safe and happy whilst at work.
A DSE risk assessment (also referred to as DSE self-assessments, workstation assessments, or VDU assessments) is used to assess risks with a particular workstation. A display screen equipment assessment looks at things such as objects in your proximity, layout, keyboard, mouse, display screens, furniture, and the environment around you. Our Display Screen Equipment training comes with a free risk assessment tool so staff can self-assess their workstations and employers can mitigate any uncovered risks.
Yes, as with every iHASCO course, you’ll receive a certificate upon successful completion of the DSE training course.
As per The Health and Safety (Display Screen Equipment) Regulations 1992, DSE training is a legal requirement for those who regularly use display screen equipment as part of their job, this includes smartphones and tablets.
Online DSE training provides you with the flexibility to complete training on any device and in any location. Our online training is animated, video-based, and presenter-led for high levels of engagement, and with our course taking just 30 minutes to complete, you don’t have to worry about training impacting your day either!
Yes, you can start a free trial of the course at any time!