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H&S Computer work

Computer work

These pages have been provided to help you avoid, or reduce health problems arising from computer use, if you have been identified as a computer 'user' (as defined in the Display Screen Equipment (DSE) Policy below). These pages address the requirements of the DSE Regulations.

Constant low-level effort, such as holding your arm out to use the mouse, can lead to overuse injuries, and if these are allowed to persist from one day to the next they can escalate quickly to become more severe and hard to get rid of. Fortunately these problems can generally be avoided by some simple measures and good working practices.

So the two essentials are:
1. Act Today: don't wait until you have a problem - complete the 'Setting Up' and 'Self Assessment' sections below.
2. Do It Yourself: don't wait for someone else to fix it for you. Most of the changes can be made by simple adjustments to the way you work or the equipment you use.

A Display Screen Equipment training Moodle is available to support you, and must be completed on induction and every three years thereafter. Complete the Display Screen Equipment Moodle here.Link opens in a new window


Setting Up

A step by step guide to setting up your computer, chair and desk to suit you. Also included are sections with information on working with laptops, tablets and using smart phones.

Staff who share a work desk should make sure they adjust their set up to suit their needs before use each day, and this setting up guide will help.


Self Assessment

The Self Assessment should be completed on induction, whenever there is a significant change or if you are experiencing any difficulties.



This section provides a simple roll over diagram to troubleshoot any pain or discomfort.



Practice the simple posture exercises during work breaks to help relieve muscle tension. Information and links are also provided for neck exercises and back pain.

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Display Screen Equipment (DSE) PolicyLink opens in a new window

View the Display Screen Equipment (DSE) Policy details.


Further Guidance

Further information and guidance to help you understand why problems may develop and things you can do to help yourself.

Details can also be found on selecting furniture and work equipment.


Useful Links

Links to where to purchase or replace any equipment and obtain an eye test.

Materials developed from and used by permission with Open Ergonomics Limited