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DSE Assessment Training 

Under the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work (General Application) Regulations, 2007, employers are requried to assess the workstation of employees who are required to use visual display terminals habitually.  A habitual user is any person who uses a VDU for one hour or more continuously during a working day.  Through this assessment, employers will identify health risks to the employee and may be requried to re-arrange the workstation or provide ergonomic aids to reduce the risk of injury and health hazards

Course Completion

On completion of this course participants will:

  • Understand current legislation relating to DSE users

  • Have the abilitiy to setup a system for the assessment of DSE users and the ongoing monitoring of these users

  • Be able to carry out workstation assessments and implement corrective measures where necessary

  • Understand the effects of poor workstation layout on a persons physical and psychological well being.  Including ventilation, lighting, heat and stress

  • Understanding the causes of musculoskeletal disorders associated with poor posture and incorrect design of workstations and work systems

  • Understand the basics of correct office design and office furniture selection

Course Summary



Pre-Requisites:  No previous knowledge is requried.  Good communication skills and leadership qualities would be useful

Course Overview

Course Overview

Unit 1


What is a DSE assessor?

Objectives of becoming a DSE assessor

Unit 2


Definition of ergonomics

Principles of ergonomics

'Good' ergonomics and 'bad' ergonomics

Applying ergonomics to workstation setup

Unit 3


The Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Act 2005

The Safety, Health and Welfare at Work (General Application) Regulations 2007

Employers responsiblities and employees responsibilities

Developing a policy on DSE assessment

Unit 4

Hazards and risks associated with VDU use

Postural problems

Eye strain

Musculoskeletal Disorders - back ache, Shoulder pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, repetitive strain

Fatigue and stress

Environmental effects

Software usability and hardware restrictions

Workload etc

Unit 5

Workstation design


Desk size, height, shape


Ventilation and heating

Space requirements

Unit 6

Carrying out a VDU assessment

Informing the operator 

Identifying incorrect workstation setup

Providing accessories

Identifying Problem areas


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