Working with visual display units (VDU)

Display screen equipment (DSE) is any work equipment having a screen that
displays information. Typical examples are computer screens often called
monitors or VDUs.

Surveys have found that high proportions of DSE workers report aches, pains or
eye discomfort. Mostly these conditions do not indicate any serious ill
health, but it makes sense to avoid them as far as possible.

The Health and Safety (Display Screen Equipment) Regulations aim to protect the
health of people who work with DSE. That does not mean that DSE work is risky -
it isn't, if the user follows good practice like setting up their workstation
well and taking breaks in intensive work.

The Regulations were introduced because DSE has become one of the commonest
kinds of work equipment. So there is potential to make work more comfortable
and productive for very large numbers of people by taking a few simple

Further info

AplusA-online.de - Source: Health & Safety Executive