At DSE Scotland, we are committed to maintaining the trust and confidence of our clients, potential clients, stakeholders and visitors to our website.
If you have any queries about our use of data, please contact us at:
Director / Data Protection Officer
DSE Scotland Limited
23 Maitland Road, Kirkliston EH29 9AR
telephone: +44 (0)131 335 3689 or +44 (0)7795 222 369
Types of Data We Collect
While enquiring about or using our services or website, you may provide us with personal information such as your name, address, email, work contact details, etc. We will use this information to carry out agreed work for you, and to administer our client databases, marketing material and website. We will ensure that all personal information supplied is held securely in accordance with the General Data Protection Regulation. By providing contact information such as telephone and email details, you consent to us contacting you using those methods as appropriate. This information is usually provided by you to us through:
general written, e-mail or telephone requests for information about our services
information from training courses: attendance lists, assessment and feedback sheets
social media platforms including LinkedIn
Special categories of personal data - health information
As a provider of Display Screen Equipment risk assessment services, we also collect and process health information from individuals, one of the special categories of personal data set out in the GDPR. As such, we will always:
seek active consent from individuals to gather and process their data
strive to make providing information of this kind straightforward and (if appropriate) private
provide details to individuals about how this information will be used, who it will be shared with and how they are to be provided with a copy
treat this data with extreme care, ensuring that it is securely stored and deleted as appropriate
More information about our approach to gathering, sharing and retaining health information is available below in the ‘Sharing Information’ section.
Marketing and Mailing Lists
We will never sell, rent or otherwise pass on any of your details to other companies or businesses for marketing purposes.
We send out a general marketing newsletter around three or four times a year to let you know about upcoming training dates, new products or services and any other information we think may be of interest to you. We use a third-party provider, MailChimp, to help deliver this, and gather statistics around email opening and clicks using industry standard technologies to help us monitor and improve the information we send out. For more information, please see MailChimp’s privacy notice.
You can unsubscribe to general mailings by clicking the unsubscribe link at the bottom of any of our emails, or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Website (www.dsescotland.com)
We take a proactive approach to user privacy and ensure the necessary steps are taken to protect the privacy of users as they browse our website. www.dsescotland.com complies with all UK national laws and requirements for user privacy.
Cookies are small files saved to the user’s computer’s hard drive that track, save and store information about the interactions and usage of the website. This allows the website, through its server, to provide users with a tailored experience.
www.dsescotland.com uses tracking software provided by Google Analytics to monitor visitors to better understand how they use the website. This software saves a cookie to your computer’s hard drive in order to track and monitor your engagement and use of the website, but will not store, save or collect any personal information.
Should users wish to deny the use and saving of cookies from the website onto their computer’s hard drive, they should take necessary steps within their web browser’s security settings to block all cookies from this website and its external serving vendors.
As previously mentioned, we will never sell, rent or otherwise pass on your personal data. We may however pass on information in the following circumstances:
Display Screen Equipment (DSE) Risk Assessments
DSE assessments - also sometimes called desk or workstation assessments - involve gathering personal information. Typically when organising an assessment, an employer will provide us with an individual’s name, and their place of work. They may also provide other details such as job title, working pattern and possibly an outline of any issues which have prompted the assessment.
Effective assessments usually also involve the collection and processing of health information, a special category of personal data due to its confidential and sensitive nature. Our standard process for carrying out assessments is:
arrange to meet the individual at an agreed time, date and location
offer to have a chat away from the desk (especially in open-plan offices) should the individual wish to do so
advise the individual that we will take written notes as we talk, and that they can tell us as much or as little as they are comfortable doing
explain that, once typed up, the assessment report will be emailed to the assessment organiser in the first instance (or other single named contact), with a request that they forward a copy to the individual
request proactive consent to process the personal data referred to above
in case any follow-up work is required, we will securely retain electronic copies of assessment reports, corresponding handwritten notes and any relevant correspondence for a period of seven years from the date of the assessment. As data will then be deleted/destroyed, we strongly recommend that clients and/or individuals retain copies for their own records as they deem appropriate.
DSE Assessor Training - Accreditation
Under the terms of our accreditation from the Chartered Institute of Ergonomics & Human Factors (CIEHF), we are obliged to retain details of attendees on our training records (in accordance with good data protection principles) on behalf of the CIEHF. No identifying personal information is shared with the CIEHF.
Products and Services
Where we have recommended a particular product, service or trusted manufacturer or supplier and you expressly consent to or ask us to pass on your details to them. Please note our usual process is to provide you with relevant contact information so that you can make contact if you wish.
How Long Do We Keep Your Data For?
DSE Scotland will not retain your personal information any longer than necessary. We will keep the information you provide for as long as needed to be able to provide our services to you, or for a reasonable length of time following the provision of services in case of the need to review assessments or follow up on training courses.
If legally required or if it is reasonably necessary to meet regulatory requirements, resolve disputes, prevent fraud and abuse, or enforce our Terms and Conditions, we may also retain some of your information for a limited period of time as required, even if it is no longer needed to provide services to you.
Notwithstanding the above, our policy for document retention (hard copy and electronic) is as follows:
Choosing How We Use Your Data
We understand that you trust us with your personal information and we are committed to ensuring that you can:
verify the personal data that we hold for you by contacting us at email@example.com. Our security procedures mean that we may request proof of identity before we reveal any information.
contact us by the same method to withdraw consent to us processing your personal data, or to change, correct, update or delete any information we hold for you at any time.
unsubscribe from receiving marketing emails from us by clicking the “unsubscribe” link at the bottom of any email. Once you do this, you will no longer receive any emails from us.
request a readable copy of the personal data we hold on you at any time. To do this, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please note, we are constantly reviewing how we process and protect data and so changes to our policy may occur at any time.