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Staff Display Screen Users

The Health and Safety (Display Screen Equipment) Regulations 1992 apply to workers who habitually use display screen equipment as a significant part of their normal work. These workers are known as ‘DSE users’. The regulations don’t apply to workers who use DSE infrequently or only use it for a short time.

Employees of The Consortium Trust, who are DSE users, are able to access an eyesight test with any qualified optician of their choice and submit a receipt for the test via their Health Shield account for reimbursement of upto £30.

All ‘office staff’ and probably most teaching staff would probably qualify as DSE users. An employer must provide an eyesight test for a DSE user if they request one. The employer must also pay for the test. This should be a full eye and eyesight test by an optometrist or doctor, including a vision test and an eye examination.

If the eye and eyesight test shows it is necessary to use special corrective appliances (such as spectacles), and that normal ones cannot be used, these will be provided by the employer.  Employers must assess DSE workstations and take steps to reduce any health risks.

how do i claim?

To claim for an eye test please do this via your Health Shield account.  If you require glasses specifically for Display Screen usage please speak to your line manager in the first instance to ensure you are clear around the cost of reimbursement prior to any purchase.

display screen user enquiries

If you have any queries regarding your Health Shield Cash Plan, please contact
Liz Frere-Smith, Head of Service for People, by email at:, or by telephone on: 01986 835670.