Networked mobile devices, cloud-based data management and 4G networks mean we can now work almost anywhere. Flexible working can save costs and improve the work–life balance of employees, resulting in more staff working while travelling and away from the office. This means an increasing use of mobile devices (laptops, tablets and smartphones).

However, mobile working comes at a cost: it has introduced ergonomics risks including musculoskeletal strain (eg “text thumb” or “tablet neck”) and digital eye strain. Mobile devices could create other occupational health risks which risk assessment should be flexible enough to identify at an early stage. This topic explores the health risks associated with mobile devices and advises on how to ensure the safe use of mobile devices.

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