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There are various health problems associated with the regular use of computers. For this reason employers must be aware of the regulations surrounding computer health and safety.

Employer regulations

The law states that an employer must:

  • provide tiltable screens
  • provide anti-glare screen filters
  • provide adjustable chairs
  • provide foot supports
  • make sure lighting is suitable
  • make sure workstations [workstation: a computer connected to a network ] are not cramped
  • plan work at a computer so that there are frequent breaks
  • pay for appropriate eye and eyesight tests by an optician

Note: These regulations do not apply to students in schools or colleges.

In order to provide the satisfactory equipment for their employees, employers use ergonomics to assist the equipment design process. It is the science concerned with designing safe and comfortable working environments for humans. This includes furniture design and the design of parts of the computer like the keyboard and mouse.

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