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Safe Use of Display Screen Equipment

About the course

Brief Description of the Course:

This is a fully online course and requires access to an internet enabled computer or tablet. Once students receive the log in details for the programme then they can complete the course at any time and the certificate can be printed off at the end of the course. The course consists of a series of short training units followed by a quiz. The quiz can be retaken if it is not achieved at the first attempt.

This training course will provide information on the current law, a ‘correct posture’ guide, knowledge on correctly setting up a screen, and computer health and how to best manage your health when using display equipment.

Employers have a duty to raise awareness among their employees concerning the health risks associated with the frequent use of desktop PCs, laptops, smartphones and tablets – also known as Display Screen Equipment (DSE).

  • To highlight the importance of effective DSE training: almost 500,000 workers suffered from musculoskeletal disorders in 2018/19 – resulting in more than 6.8 million working days being lost.

Therefore DSE training is necessary regardless of whether workers are at a fixed workstation, mobile workers, home workers, or are simply hot-desking.

Regarding the necessity of DSE training, the HSE website says:

“The Health and Safety (Display Screen Equipment) Regulations 1992 apply to workers who use DSE daily, for an hour or more at a time. We describe these workers as ‘DSE users’. The regulations don’t apply to workers who use DSE infrequently or only use it for a short time.”

Entry Requirements:

This course is available to all individuals with an internet enabled tablet or computer. The training and assessment is only available in English.

Certification: This course is certified by the CPD certification service.

Course Units:

The Health and Safety (Display Screen Equipment) Regulations – The Health and Safety (Display Screen Equipment) Regulations 1992 and what this means for employers and employees.

Posture – A comprehensive guide on how to sit correctly and comfortably when using display equipment.

Computer equipment – Screen height, distance, brightness/display configurations, keyboard positioning & care, and correct PC layout.

Health management – Eye healthcare (and corrective lenses), and posture (stretching and other gentle exercises) to minimise tiredness and strains.

Correct laptop use – For prolonged and repeated laptop use: screen positioning, hand positioning (if using a connected mouse), and correct posture.


All applicants must complete fire awareness before they can access any further courses. The fire awareness course is free with the first course booked per applicant and must be repeated annually with new bookings. 1 booking = 1 course (regardless of whether this is multiple individuals on one course or one individual on multiple courses.

To book multiple courses please complete the Business Course Booking form. This can be requested through adultskills@myerscough.ac.uk.

Number of bookings per application (business or individual) - Cost

1 - £12

2-9 - £10

10-49 - £8

50+ - £6

Discount is applied per booking and not per company, for example a company/individual booking 15 candidates/courses will pay £8 per course. If they subsequently book a further 6 places, they will pay £10 per course.

Progression: Please see the industry short online training section of the Adult Skills website for our full training offer.

To apply for this programme, please complete the on-line application form using the links on the right of the factsheet on the website. Alternatively if you wish to book multiple courses or for multiple applicants and access the multi booking discount then please complete the Business Booking form -


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Booking Forms

If you are booking courses as an individual please book and pay through the online system linked to each course website.

If you are booking any courses for multiple employees or are submitting a company booking please use this form.

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