DSE Assessor Training

Summary: A comprehensive 1 day course which provides attendees with the skills and knowledge needed to carry out effective DSE risk assessments.

Provider: DSE Scotland
Location: UK
Duration: 1 day
Knowledge/experience needed: None
Email: neal.cameron@DSEscotland.com
Website: www.DSEscotland.com

Who should attend?

This training is suitable for anyone who has has been asked (or volunteered) to carry out DSE assessments by their employer, and has
an interest in (or responsibility for) staff and their welfare, including line managers, safety, HR, facilities and healthcare professionals.

Why should you attend?

Carrying out effective DSE risk assessments:

  • saves money by helping people stay at or return to work, reducing sickness absence
  • provides real help to anyone suffering pain/discomfort at work
  • increases productivity
  • ensures compliance with UK criminal and civil law, protecting your reputation and reducing the likelihood of compensation claims
  • improves morale by clearly demonstrating commitment to safety and welfare

Unlike many other safety, welfare or wellbeing measures, DSE risk assessments have an immediate relevance for anyone who uses a computer for work.

This interactive and hands-on training receives strong positive feedback for its comprehensive and informative content, delivered in an accessible and informal way. Attendees are encouraged to share any of their own DSE experiences and raise queries and questions at any point – for example, regarding the application of techniques or processes within their own organisation.

The course has a strong focus on practical assessment techniques and the identification and resolution of common issues. A full, deconstructed mock workstation assessment using real DSE equipment and furniture is included, with a wide variety of alternative DSE equipment and task chairs provided for demonstration, trial and discussion.

Continuously updated, this course is delivered by a fully qualified and experienced occupational safety professional, whose previous roles include safety advisor to the Scottish Government and part-time tutor in health and safety law at the Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen.

Award-winning, easily accessible public course venues are carefully selected to provide the best possible training environments.

This training is also available in-house for individuals or groups – please contact us for more details.

What you will learn

Suitable for those with or without previous experience of DSE risk assessments, attendees will learn about:

  • the recognised ill-health effects of computer use, including musculoskeletal disorders, work-related stress, visual fatigue and inactivity, and how to address these
  • the positive benefits of effective assessments, including prevention of ill-health and the management of existing conditions
  • the specific requirements of the DSE Regulations and their application in practice
  • the role of a DSE assessor – scope and limits of responsibilities (including how and when to seek support)
  • best practice seated posture and workstation set up
  • chair and equipment adjustment
  • providing elements of training and information during assessments
  • the importance of movement and postural changes, and facilitating this through working methods, work routines, breaks, changes of work activity, sit/stand equipment and reminders
  • ergonomics and human factors
  • different methods of assessment
  • assessment paperwork and practice
  • the use of portable DSE, including laptops, smartphones and tablet computers
  • how to identify and deal with common issues and problems
  • environmental factors including space, temperature, lighting and ventilation
  • other workplace safety law and practice relevant to DSE use
  • recording, storing and sharing assessment records
  • identifying, selecting and procuring DSE furniture and equipment
  • alternative items of DSE furniture and equipment which can help some users
  • new forms of technology and their potential impact
  • children and DSE use

Expected outcomes

At the end of the training, attendees will have an understanding and appreciation of:

  • the types and scale of health risks associated with DSE use
  • the specific requirements of the DSE Regulations
  • their role as a DSE Assessor
  • how to competently carry out DSE risk assessments as required by the DSE Regulations, including identifying and resolving common issues

Course content

  • Brief introductions
  • Your role as a DSE assessor
  • Introduction to health and safety law
  • Risk assessment, and group exercise
  • Risks to health associated with DSE Use
  • Ergonomics / Human Factors
  • The Health and Safety (Display Screen Equipment Risk Assessment) Regulations 1992 (as amended), and HSE guidance
  • Mock assessment and assessment practice
  • Resolving common issues
  • Portable DSE
  • Home and mobile workers
  • An introduction to alternative DSE equipment and furniture
  • Training assessment (multiple choice)
  • Questions, feedback and close


There is a short multiple-choice assessment at the end of the course to check understanding.

What’s included?

Public course fees include all course materials, refreshments, lunch and unlimited future use of our DSE risk assessment paperwork, if required. Attendees receive:

  • Course certificate (on successful completion)
  • DSE risk assessment form
  • Seated Posture handout
  • Use of Portable DSE handout
  • DSE Assessor guidance
  • Copy of presentation slides

Recommended pre-requisites

None, although any interest or experience in occupational safety and health or ergonomics would be useful.


Our current public course training locations include central London (Royal Trafalgar Hotel), Manchester (Macdonald Manchester Hotel & Spa), Edinburgh (Dakota Edinburgh Hotel) and Glasgow (Hilton Garden Inn Hotel).

We do always try to arrange public courses around the needs of our clients, so if you are interested in DSE Assessor training but none of the locations listed suit, please let us know. Training is available throughout the whole of the UK and Ireland, and abroad as required.


Public course fees are £249 per person (VAT not applicable). In-house course fees vary depending on the number of attendees and location of the training – please contact us for more details.