8. Employer obligations

Laws have been passed to ensure that employers provide a safe working environment for anyone who works with computers. This is called the 'Health and Safety at Work Act (1974).

The law states that an employer must (if relevant):

  • provide tiltable screens
  • provide anti-glare screen filters
  • provide adjustable chairs
  • provide foot supports
  • make sure lighting is suitable
  • make sure there is sufficient space for people to work
  • train employees how to use work stations correctly
  • ensure employees have sufficient breaks
  • pay for regular eye sight tests for anyone who needs prescription glasses in order to use the computer.

NOTE: These regulations only apply to offices and not to students in schools.


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