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Display screen equipment

You must assess the risks to employees (users) and self-employed contractors (operators) who work at employer workstations and regularly use display screen equipment like computers and laptops as a significant part of their normal work (daily for continuous periods of an hour or more).

Some workers may experience posture problems and pain, discomfort or injuries, eg to their hands/arms, from overuse or improper use or from poorly designed workstations or work environments. Headaches or sore eyes can also occur, for example if the lighting is poor.

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The law

The Health and Safety (Display Screen Equipment) Regulations 1992 (as amended) apply where employees use computers and other display screens as a significant part of their normal day-to-day work.

Updated 2014-01-20