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.
What do I have to do?
- Identify what display screen equipment you have and which users and operators are covered
- Assess all workstations and ensure they meet the minimum requirements for them
- Plan the work so there are breaks or changes of activity
- On request, provide eye and eyesight tests and special corrective spectacles if they are necessary
- Provide training and information
- If they use ‘hot-desking’, workers will still need to check their workstation and adjust it to their requirements. It may be helpful to provide a checklist of what they need to consider, and this could be attached to the desk or workstation
Find out more
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.