Display Screen Equipment Safety Level 2 (VTQ)

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Display Screen Equipment/Visual Display Unit Operator Safety Level 2 (VTQ)

DSE or Display Screen Equipment safety training highlights the correct posture and working position for people working at desks and with any type of display. Many medical conditions arise from incorrect posture and equipment positioning like neck/back problems


The HSE state on their website "As an employer, you must protect your workers from the health risks of working with display screen equipment (DSE), such as PCs, laptops, tablets and smartphones.


This course is designed to meet Health and Safety (Display Screen Equipment) Regulations 1992 which is aimed at a worker who uses DSE daily, for an hour or more at a time and are classified by the HSE as ‘DSE users’.


If these hazards are not identified, serious medical conditions can arise. Learning how to prevent injury and work safe, will improve health and working conditions.

The content of this and all our courses has been independently certified as conforming to universally accepted Continuous Professional Development (CPD) guidelines and come with a Certified CPD Statement as well as a Certificate and for online courses an Evidence Based Learning statement.

Course Curriculum

  • Regulations 
    • Health and Safety at work regulations
    • Display Screen regulations
    • Workstations
    • the importance of DSE
    • Employer requirements of DSE
  • DSE Injuries
    • MSD's
    • Upper and lower limb disorders
    • Back Pain
    • Eye strains 
  • DSE best practice
    • Workstation overview
    • Keyboard
    • Mouse or trackball
    • Display screens
    • Software
    • Furniture
    • Environment 
    • Telephones
    • Mobile devices

Learning outcomes/assessment criteria

1 Understand the importance of DSE risk assessments

  • 1.1   Outline the reasons for conducting DSE risk assessments
  • 1.2   Outline the main legislation relating to DSE risk assessments

2 Understand the principles of controlling the risks from DSE workstations

  • 2.1   Identify the principles of good ergonomic workstation design
  • 2.2   Outline the main causes of ill-health relating to DSE use
  • 2.3   Describe corrections that can be applied to workstation design to control identified risks

3 Understand how a DSE risk assessment is undertaken

  • 3.1   Describe the stages involved in a DSE risk assessment
  • 3.2   Outline the circumstances in which a DSE risk assessment should be reviewed