As an employer, you must protect your workers from the health risks of working with display screen equipment (DSE), such as PCs, laptops, tablets and smartphones.
The Health and Safety (Display Screen Equipment) Regulations apply to workers who use DSE daily, for an hour or more at a time. HSE describe these workers as 'DSE users'. The regulations don't apply to workers who use DSE infrequently or only use it for a short time.
In law, employers must:
Incorrect use of DSE or poorly designed workstations or work environments can lead to pain in necks, shoulders, backs, arms, wrists and hands as well as fatigue and eye strain. The causes may not always be obvious.
The law applies if users are, for example:
HSE's leaflet Working with display screen equipment gives more information about how to comply with the Health and Safety (Display Screen Equipment) Regulations.
You can find detailed advice on the regulations in Work with display screen equipment.
Advice on using DSE if you're pregnant or have epilepsy is available.
More guidance can also be found here.