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Emily Folorunsho

Health and safety (Display Screen Equipment) Regulations -1992

• The display screen is the computers monitor, or visual display (VDU)

• The law deals with how employees work on computers and the idea is to
reduce damage to the body (bones, muscles and joints as well as the

The employers responsibility to meet the law:

• Make sure that workstations, furniture, computer software and the

working environment, of computer users meet the minimum of the

• Ensure computer users have regular breaks or changes in activity. The

law says it is illegal to work on computers all day.

• Offer eye examinations for employees who work with a computer for
more than an hour a day. They should also provide glasses if the test
show they are necessary.

• Provide health and safety training to computer users

The law covers the position of the computer on a desk; the position of
the keyboard the distance of the user from the screen, and glare and

Minimum Standards:

 The computer screen should be of a reasonable size and the user should
be able to adjust brightness and contrast.

 There should be no glare from lights or the sun on the screen

 The keyboards must be separate from the screen, with the ability to tilt

 The computer should be placed on a large work surface that is not


 Work chairs must be stable and allow easy movement into a


 Users should be able to adjust the height of their seat backs, and footreast
must be provided
Emily Folorunsho

Continued use of a keyboard and a mouse could cause Repetive Strain

Injury (Rsi). To avoid this, a variety of tasks should be undertaken by a
computer user each day.