The Health and Safety (Display Screen Equipment) Regulations ensure that all display screen equipment users are risk assessed.
Display screen equipment is regarded as any item of computer apparatus that has a screen displaying text, numbers or graphics. This includes monitors, visual display units and also applies to mobile equipment such as laptops and PDAs. A 'user' is an employee or self-employed person who habitually uses display screen equipment as a significant part of their normal work.
Without regular risk assessments, conditions such as musculoskeletal disorders, visual fatigue and mental stress may develop. The regulations also state that staff should be re-assessed if there is reason to suspect that the previous assessment is no longer valid or if there has been a significant change to the workstation since the last assessment took place.
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