Health & Safety, An Introduction to

Display Screen Equipment

Do you use computers or other display screen equipment?

Using a computer or other kinds of display screen equipment (visual display units (VDUs)) can give rise to back problems, repetitive strain injury, or other musculoskeletal disorders. These health problems may become serious if no action is taken. They can be caused by poor design of workstations (and associated equipment such as chairs), insufficient space, lack of training or not taking breaks from display screen work. Work with a screen does not cause eye damage, but many users experience temporary eye strain or stress. This can lead to reduced work efficiency or taking time off work.

Does this concern me?

Is there regular use of display screens as a significant part of the work?

Does anyone use a keyboard, mouse or other input device?

Are people complaining of discomfort, aches and pains?

What law applies?

Health and Safety (Display Screen Equipment) Regulations 1992

How and where you can get more help

‘The law on VDUs. An easy guide: Making sure your office complies with the Health and Safety (Display Screen Equipment) Regulations 1992 (as amended in 2002)’ HSG90 ISBN 0 7176 2602 4 £8.50

‘Working with VDUs’ INDG36 (rev1) FREE (available in packs of 10 ISBN 0 7176 1504 9 £5.00) or download the free PDF version (207k)

You can order any of these titles through HSE Books

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