Workplace Report June 2007

Features: Health & safety - HSE monitor

Research confirms display screen risk

New research for the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has confirmed the risks associated with working with display screen equipment such as computer monitors.

A study by the Institute of Occupational Medicine found that 73% of all respondents reported one or more musculoskeletal symptoms such as back pain, and over half of all respondents reported symptoms affecting the head and/or eyes. These symptoms were more common among those who spent more time working on computers or who worked for more than one hour without a break.

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