Display screen equipment—regulatory requirements
Produced in partnership with Melanie O'Brien of DG Legal
Display screen equipment—regulatory requirements

The following Practice Management practice note produced in partnership with Melanie O'Brien of DG Legal provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Display screen equipment—regulatory requirements
  • What is display screen equipment?
  • Health and Safety (Display Screen Equipment) Regulations 1992
  • Responsibility for compliance
  • Consequences of non-compliance

Display screen equipment—regulatory requirements

This Practice Note covers regulatory requirements relating to the use and care of visual display screen equipment.

For information about other regulatory requirements relevant to the management of health and safety in the workplace, see Practice Note: Health and safety in the workplace—regulatory requirements.

What is display screen equipment?

DSE is the expression commonly used to describe devices or equipment that have an alphanumeric or graphic display screen and can include conventional display screens and laptops, touch-screens and other similar devices.

There can be particular risks associated with long-term use of DSE and therefore, in certain circumstances, there will be particular measures that organisations need to put in place.

Health and Safety (Display Screen Equipment) Regulations 1992

The DSE Regulations 1992 came into force to protect the health of people who work with DSE.

The DSE Regulations 1992 apply to most display screens where there is a 'user' as defined by the regulations. Users are defined as employees (and self-employed persons) who habitually use DSE as a significant part of their normal work (daily, for continuous periods of an hour or more) and this would include self-employed persons in an employer's undertaking.

The DSE workstation is defined as the assembly including the screen, keyboard, other parts of the computer and its accessories (such as the mouse or other input device), and the desk, chair and the immediate work environment.

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