For more information on Display Screen Equipment click here for the relevant chapter of the TUC guide to health and safety "Hazards at Work

Screen based work can have potentially serious effects on health.

Display Screen Equipment (DSE) workers can experience a wide range of different physical and psychological health problems including, temporary myopia, eyestrain, blurred vision, headaches, musculoskeletal problems including RSI and reproductive hazards.

These problems are caused by a combination of badly designed jobs, equipment and working environments. Most of the conditions can be prevented by rigorous attention to the way in which jobs are organised, and by provision of appropriate equipment and workplaces. This includes ensuring people are not required to do too much work in too short a time

The Health and Safety (Display Screen Equipment) Regulations came into effect in January 1993 (some small changes were made in 2002). The Regulations require employers to minimise the risks of VDU work by ensuring that workplaces and jobs are well designed, workers have adequate rest breaks and are not subjected to oppressive surveillance.

Workers defined as VDU users under the regulations can ask their employer to provide and pay for an eye and eyesight test. This is a test by an optometrist or doctor. There is also an entitlement to further tests at regular intervals.


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