Support & well-being
Computer safety (DSE)
The University policy on the safe use of computers (Display Screen equipment) can be found at: Display Screen Equipment (DSE) Policy
Training for computer users is provided by Cardinus. All staff who use computers should visit this site, familiarise themselves with the content and modify their workstation accordingly; they should also carry out a self assessment using the form included at that site. Any problems should be directed to your DSE Assessor
Occupational Health issues vouchers for a free eye test to eligible staff (see below). The issue of this voucher is conditional on testing being carried out at the University’s chosen opticians.
To obtain your voucher, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and confirm the following information:
- That you are a PC user (DSE) at the University
- You have not had an eye test here in last 2 years
- Your staff number
- Your Department / School
- Your staff contract is for 12 consecutive weeks or more
- Confirm whether you would like your eye test with:
SASK Optics – the optician based at the Students Union building on campus. You are emailed a voucher and a report that the optician completes. Occupational Health will pay for the test. Your department pays for the contribution towards the glasses, if prescribed. They should be specifically and solely for VDU use. The contribution is £49 for single vision lenses, or £69 where the nature of the work requires bifocals/varifocals. You will submit an expenses claim with your receipt and the report completed by the optician via the finance webpages including your department’s charge code. You will need to check this with the person in charge of Finance in your school/dept.
Specsavers – any branch across the country. You are emailed an evoucher. Either print out the voucher and take it with you on your visit, or alternatively show the email attachment to the Specsavers store assistant using your Smartphone. The evoucher is for a full eye examination and a £45 pair of glasses or contribution towards glasses if prescribed, specifically and solely for VDU use. The evoucher also gives you the added benefit of receiving a £20 discount off glasses from the £99 range and above. No further action is required from yourselves regarding the finance element from the University and your department are not charged
Occupational Health will not reimburse eye testing costs for employees who choose to use a different optician. Retesting will usually be allowed every 2 years, except in exceptional circumstances.
PhD students are not covered by the DSE policy and therefore cannot usually claim a voucher. If they have a contract of employment as a Bought in Teacher then they may be eligible but must confirm first with their supervisor/ line manager that DSE use is part of their duties.