Display Screen Equipment (DSE)

Display Screen Equipment (DSE) are devices or equipment that have an alphanumeric or graphic display screen and include PCs, laptops, touch screens, tablets, smartphones and other devices.

Prolonged periods of improper DSE use (such as adopting the wrong posture or incorrectly setting up equipment) can lead to a number of health problems.

Employers have a legal requirement to ensure that all users of DSE (including those working from home) comply with the Health and Safety (DSE) Regulations 1992. You must provide training and information to all DSE users who regularly use DSE as a significant part of their normal work, for continuous periods of an hour or more. The law applies to users at a fixed workstation, mobile workers, homeworkers and those who hot-desk.

As a supplement to this course, you may be interested in our Display Screen Equipment Risk Assessment Tool to help manage and monitor your team’s DSE training, potential risks, and outcomes. Please get in touch with us on 01332 208500 to find out more.



  • Brand new interactive course, essential part of staff training
  • Supports compliance with Health and Safety (Display Screen Equipment) Regulations
  • Unlimited access 24/7, 365 days a year
  • Certificate of achievement on completion
Duration: Approx. 45 minutes

    *Annual price per unit 


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    About the course

    The incorrect use of DSE or poorly designed workstations can lead to pain in multiple areas of the body, as well as eye strain and fatigue.

    Our DSE Training Course will ensure you know how to correctly set-up your workstation, understand the hazards you may encounter, and are aware of the adjustments you can make. You’ll learn about why this is such an important aspect of health and safety at work, and understand why all DSE users must take the potential impacts on their health seriously.

    Aims of the course

    The aim of this course is to learn how to set up your workplace correctly and minimise the chances of developing any health problems associated with using Display Screen Equipment.

    You will learn how to adopt and apply good work practices, improve your posture, and focus on wellbeing to minimise bad habits and DSE-related stress.

    After completing this course, you will have an understanding of:

    • The common problems associated with the use of DSE
    • How to care for your body when using DSE – including eyes, limbs, muscles and tendons
    • The need for regular breaks to help prevent fatigue and stress
    • The importance of keeping your workspace clean
    • Health and wellbeing exercises
    • The hazards associated with portable devices (including the principles of personal safety)
    • Your organisation’s policies and procedures relating to DSE

    Who is this online training course for?

    This course is for all employees who use any form of Display Screen Equipment (DSE).  It is a legal requirement under the Health and Safety (Display Screen Equipment) Regulations 1992 for users who regularly use DSE to undertake training.

    Course content


    This chapter explains what DSE is and why it is so important to take some time to make sure that your workspace is correctly set up and the reasons certain adjustments should be made. It covers:

    • Common problems with the use of DSE – you’ll find out what the problems are and how they can occur
    • Factors that can lead to problems – you’ll learn about how to change or eliminate problems
    • Organisation policies and procedures relating to DSE – law and legislation around DSE is explained
    • Your employer’s commitment to you – you’ll read about the support you should receive when using DSE


    2Body and mind

    This comprehensive chapter guides you through the main issues you may personally encounter when using DSE, the precautions you can take, and adaptations you can make. You’ll be advised to report early symptoms, shown how to take action, and discover some preventative strategies.

    The following areas are covered:

    Eyes and eyesight tests – how the eye can be put under stress, causes of sore/tired eyes, advice for wearers of contact lenses and/or glasses, and the importance of eye tests.

    Fatigue, stress, and the need for breaks – how stress affects the body and mind, DSE-related fatigue, physical health conditions, eye strain, repetitive movement injuries.

    Upper limb disorders – how they develop, recovery, prevention, how to correct your posture.

    Muscles and tendons – repetitive movements, static postures, the effects on muscles and tendons, repetitive strain injury.

    Task and software design – ease of navigation, accessibility, pace, how well is it designed?

    Pre-existing conditions and other factors – variables that can affect workstation set-up, reasonable adjustments, factors to consider during pregnancy.

    Health and wellbeing exercises – users of DSE may benefit from regular stretching and moving their body to help prevent muscular problems and fatigue, here you’ll run through some beneficial exercises that you can implement into your day to day routine.


    3Working environment

    Chapter 3 explores your working environment and looks at the different adjustments you can make to reduce negative impacts on your health. It looks at:

    Chair – factors to consider, how to adjust your chair, knowing how the chair works, the correct height for your chair, other possible causes of additional discomfort.

    Screen – positioning your screen, avoiding glare, factors to consider, using multiple monitors, screen health.

    Workspace – setting up your workspace, factors to consider, improvements you can make, advice for homeworkers, adjusting your desk, keyboard and mouse factors.

    Environment – explore the different factors that can impact the working environment including light, noise, ventilation and temperature. Environmental factors when hot-desking or working from home are also explained.

    Sit-standing – factors to consider include rest periods, eye-level adjustments, keyboard positioning and posture. Additional checks for long periods of standing work are explained too.

    Hygiene and cleaning – tips and hints to keep your workspace clean and free from germs and to keep you healthy.


    4Working with portable devices

    There are risks associated with using portable devices that you need to be aware of and these can affect your physical health as well as your personal safety. In this chapter we’ll explain the risks you may encounter and the steps you can take to keep yourself safe and prevent physical injury.

    Why mobile working is an important issue  how portable devices and mobile working have increased in use

    What are the risks? Ergonomic risks associated with portable devices

    Laptops – problems associated with prolonged use, how to set up your laptop to avoid hurting your posture, steps to take to make it safe for prolonged use, manual handling

    Tablets and smartphones – problems that may occur/how your body is affected, tips to avoid aches, pains and strains

    Rest breaks – guidance on the rest breaks required for different mobile working conditions

    Travel planning – your devices when driving, self-awareness

    Personal safety – avoiding theft or mugging, safety do’s and don’ts


    5Futher advice and guidance

    This advisory section covers some of the most frequently asked questions relating to Display Screen Equipment.



    In order to test your knowledge and complete the course, you must successfully complete an assessment.


    If you need more support or are interested in a Display Screen Equipment Risk Assessment Tool to help manage and monitor your team’s DSE training and outcomes, please get in touch with our team on 01332 208500.

    If you’d like to explore further training to support the health and safety of your team, take a look at our Health and Safety Course Catalogue. You may be particularly interested in our Home Working and Fire Safety online training courses.


    Ready-to-go online training

    This module is ready-to-go and you could be up and running in a matter of minutes. If you’re still unsure, learn more about the benefits of RealSense’s ready-to-go online training or simply ask us for a demo. We can help you get started and remember our support team are always on hand if you need them.

    What do you get?

    Our course(s), designed by topic specialists, are simple and easy to use and can be completed in your own time, at your own pace. You will get unlimited 24/7 access to the learning platform, your resources, digital training record and access to your certificate is available upon completion.

    When purchasing for larger groups of people, remember that our onboarding process can help setup the platform to meet the specific needs of your organisation.

    If you cannot find the answer to your query in our Frequently Asked Questions, or if you would like a quote, a chat through your training requirements or just need some technical help then our support team are here to help. Contact us today.

    How is it delivered?

    Modules are delivered via our online learning platform, Activbase or available in alternative formats for use on a customer’s own Learning Management System (LMS). Once payment has been received, you will be sent an email from RealSense confirming your purchase followed by a separate email from our Activbase Learning Platform with details on how to access your course(s). Access is available 24/7 for the duration of your license. Customers requiring a different course format e.g. SCORM for use on their own LMS, please contact us with your requirements.

    Display Screen Equipment (DSE)

    Upon successful course completion, a certificate of achievement is available and or automatically added to a learner’s digital record. 

    Digital certificate – print, download, store

    The certificate itself includes the learner’s name, course title, completion score / result, completion date and any marks of approval, accreditation authorities, and or distribution partners. It can be downloaded, stored or printed.

    Learning records

    When using our platform Activbase, learning records are available 24/7 for review, tracking progress and access to certificates. Records contain details of sessions including progress, attempts and results. This and additional data such as associated CPD, standards and qualifications are logged and available for information insights and management reporting – a powerful resource for tracking compliance as well as monitoring learning pathways.

    Please note: when accessing the course via standalone media or 3rd party systems, you will need to check those systems log learning activity appropriate to your training needs.


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    Product Specification

    This module is designed to operate on industry standard multimedia PC compatible computers / laptops and or mobile devices with a suitable processor e.g. 2.0GHz Intel or AMD Processor, 4GB RAM or higher. A good reliable internet connection is required of at least 3Mb+/sec.


    Windows: Internet Explorer 11, Microsoft Edge (latest version), Google Chrome (latest version), Firefox (latest version)
    Mac: Safari (latest version), Google Chrome (latest version), Firefox (latest version)
    Mobile: Safari in Apple iOS 10 or later, Google Chrome in Apple iOS 10 or later, Google Chrome in Android OS 4.4 or later

    Articulate Mobile Player

    Articulate Mobile Player in Apple iOS 10 or later on iPad
    Articulate Mobile Player in Android OS 4.4 or later (optimized for tablets)


    Internet Explorer 11 must be installed.


    OS: Windows 7+ | Browser: Up to date | Video: Up to date video drivers | Memory: 1Gb+ RAM | Download Speed: Broadband (3Mb+/sec)
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    Screen Readers

    Windows: NVDA, JAWS 16 or later
    Mac: VoiceOver
    iPhone: VoiceOver
    iPad: VoiceOver
    Android: TalkBack

    Accessibility Guidelines

    Storyline 360 output supports Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.1 Level AA and Revised Section 508 standards. Click here for a Voluntary Product Accessibility Template® (VPAT®).


    Our standard courses conform to SCORM / AICC (and TinCan) e-learning standards and have been successfully delivered on over 30 different learning management systems worldwide.

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    Activbase is our own simple and easy to use learning platform for administrating, distributing and managing training. Our video based courses are streamed via our Activbase platform.

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    Frequently Asked Questions

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    Q: How do I access the online learning course?

    A: The course is accessed via our own Activbase learning platform, or can be made available as a SCORM object for you to upload to your own Learning Management System.

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    A: Yes, of course. If you would like to have a demo of a course or the Activbase Learning Platform then simply contact our team who will be able to arrange a demo for you.

    Q: I represent an organisation with lots of employees we would like to train. Can your solution manage that? How much will it cost? Is there a discount when buying for a large workforce?

    A: Our digital learning solutions are suitable for small, medium and large organisations. The solution is scalable so you can purchase for an individual or for a large organisation. We have an affordable pricing structure with discounts available for larger volumes. Simply let us know what courses you would like, how many employees you wish to train and we can tailor a package to suit your specific training needs. Simply ask us for a quote.

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    Q: Is the course accredited?

    Most of our courses are accredited by relevant authorities / approval bodies applicable to the course such as CPD, RoSPA or IIRSM. Please don’t hesitate to ask if you have any specific standard / approval requirements.

    Q: Will I get a certificate?

    All courses come with a certificate of achievement in recognition of completing the course successfully. A digital record is stored with each learner’s history and certificates are available for access and download.

    Q: What if I fail my course?

    If you do not achieve the pass rate for the course then you will be given the opportunity to review the training content and attempt the assessment again. With some of the video based courses, the course may be locked on a third failed attempt, subject to a review by your organisation administrator of a member of the RealSense support team.

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