14 Jan 2022

DSE Awareness/DSE Awareness with Self-Assessment (DSE Scotland)

Suitable for home, office or mobile working, an e-learning course providing clear and engaging information on the safe use of computers, laptops, tablets and smartphones.

About the course

Despite the vast majority of us using DSE as part and parcel of modern life, the recognised risks to health which this can bring are often overlooked or poorly understood. DSE Awareness provides clear and engaging information on the risks to physical and mental wellbeing, and how they can be managed. DSE Awareness also helps organisations meet general legal obligations to manage the safety and health of staff and non-employees, and specific duties under the DSE Regulations 1992 (as amended) - these include providing information and training on health risks and the safe use of DSE, and carrying out DSE risk assessments for staff who regularly use this technology for work.

Who should attend?

This course is suitable for anyone who uses Display Screen Equipment (DSE) - including PCs, laptops, tablets and smartphones - for work.  Learning is equally applicable to the safe use of technology in leisure time.

What will you learn?

Learners will gain an understanding of the main risks to health associated with DSE use and how these can be avoided, and also the importance of physical activity and reducing sedentary behaviour (both at work and elsewhere) for good health.  Optimum chair and workstation set-up are carefully explained, as are strategies for home and mobile working.  
The DSE Awareness with Self-Assessment version of the course guides users through the process of completing an individual DSE risk assessment (often called a desk or workstation assessment) as they go through the training.  This helps employers meet their legal obligations to assess, identify and manage any DSE risks.

Expected outcomes 

Understanding of:

  • the main physical and mental risks to health linked to DSE, and how to minimise these
  • how physical inactivity (including sedentary behaviour) can impact health
  • how to optimise chair and workstation set-up, work routines and the working environment, at home or in the office
  • how to safely use mobile DSE such as laptops, tablets and smartphones
  • different methods of more active working, including free and low-cost options
  • for DSE Awareness with Self-Assessment version, competence to carry out a suitable and sufficient DSE risk assessment as required by the DSE Regulations 1992 (as amended)

Course content

  • Risks to health
  • DSE use at work
  • Office ergonomics and posture
  • Chair and workstation set-up
  • Portable DSE
  • Work arrangements
  • Homeworking
  • Eyesight testing
  • The working environment
  • Test


Ten question multiple-choice assessment.

What’s included?

  •  Personalised certificate on successful completion (pdf)
  • Tips for active working (pdf)
  • Stretching exercises (pdf)
  • Links to further information on physical activity guidelines for adults (NHS, and UK Chief Medical Officers)
  • Links to keyboard shortcuts for Windows and Mac
  • Links to accessibility options for Windows and Mac
  • Fillable DSE risk assessment form (pdf) – applies to DSE Awareness with Self-Assessment version only

About DSE Scotland

DSE Scotland Limited are a leading safety consultancy specialising in DSE risk assessments, DSE Assessor Training and related services.  Our popular 1-day DSE Assessor Training is accredited by the CIEHF and available as a public or in-house course.  While assessments and training were previously only carried out face-to-face, from summer 2020 these are now also available as live online services using video calling.

With experience of developing richly interactive and educationally effective online learning, echo3education Ltd supports companies in achieving HSE compliance and enhancing corporate wellness. A CPD-accredited provider, we work in partnership with clients to produce bespoke solutions, as well as offering a range of existing licensed online courses.

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