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RR628 - Evaluation of the success in Great Britain of the Directive on minimum safety and health requirements for work with display screen equipment

This research was commissioned to provide the UK contribution to an EU working group studying the effectiveness and efficiency of existing EU health and safety legislation. To achieve this an ex post evaluation of the EU Directive 90/270/EEC, which regulates work at Visual Display Units (VDU), was carried out in six member states. This Directive was chosen because the transposition into national law was generally made in a comparable way in all six countries. The EU working group established common requirements for the evaluation to provide comparative data for the cross-country evaluation. It is based on a structured sample of employers in Great Britain, in which data were collected from 1241 respondents. The study involved also a literature review, but this revealed only a limited amount of relevant research on the topic. Research report RR622 uses the same data to provide a comparison with the previous UK evaluation of the DSE Regulations in 1997. The EU working group has been published electronically by the EU.

This report and the work it describes were funded by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE). Its contents, including any opinions and/or conclusions expressed, are those of the authors alone and do not necessarily reflect HSE policy.

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Updated 2010-03-19