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Display screen equipment (DSE) is defined in the legislation as 'any alphanumeric or graphic display screen, regardless of the display process involved', though the Regulations do exclude some displays, such as calculators, cash registers and those used in vehicles. The legislation's primary application is to desktop computers, but it also applies to laptops and other 'portable systems', unless they are 'not in prolonged use'.

While the Regulations use the term DSE, you will also find references to VDUs (visual display units) and less often VDTs (visual display terminals) in some sources. The HSE website refers to both VDUs and DSE.

The law
The key Regulations on DSE are the Health and Safety (Display Screen Equipment) Regulations 1992, which were amended in 2002 to remove exceptions for old equipment, and the Health and Safety (Miscellaneous Amendments) Regulations 2002.

The key HSE guidance documents on the regulations are L 26: Work with Display Screen Equipment and HSG 90: The Law on VDUs: An Easy Guide and are available to purchase. There is also a free downloadable guide, INDG 36: Working with VDUs. E-learning provider ComplyWise provides a useful summary of the legal requirements for DSE training on its website at http://www.complywise.co.uk/products/dse-vdu-training/.

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