The ill-health effects associated with display screen equipment include:

  • visual discomfort (eye fatigue and headaches)

  • upper limb disorders, collectively known as musculoskeletal disorders

  • aches and pains (back, shoulder, neck, arm, wrist or hand aches)

  • stress (mental and physical).

The risk of suffering from these conditions depends on the working environment, how the workstation is set up, how it is used and how the work is organised. Unsafe uses of display screens include:

  • working with a poor posture

  • working for too long without a break or change of position

  • poor working environment

  • using equipment incorrectly

  • using equipment that cannot be adjusted adequately

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