Vision Screening and VDU Testing
The Health and Safety (Display Screen Equipment) Regulations 992 implement an EC Directive and came into effect from January 1999 (some small changes were made in 2002). The Regulations require employers to minimise the risks in visual display unit (VDU) work by ensuring that workplaces and jobs are well designed.
The Regulations apply where staff habitually use VDUs as a significant part of their normal work. Other people, who use VDUs only occasionally, are not covered by the requirements in the Regulations (apart from the workstation requirements).
However, their employers still have general duties to protect them under other health and safety at work legislation.
What do employers have to do to comply?
The Regulations do not contain detailed technical specifications or lists of approved equipment. Instead, they set more general objectives.
Employers have to:
- Analyse workstations, and
- Assess and reduce risks
Employers need to look at:
- the whole workstation including equipment, furniture, and the work environment;
- the job being done; and
- any special needs of individual staff.