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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
eyes)

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
regulations.

• 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
posture.

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
them

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


reflective

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


COMFORTABLE POSISTION

 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.