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Rsi: employers must keep conditions safe

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I read with interest your article on RSI in the July issue

I read with interest your article on RSI in the July issue. (WDDTY, vol 10 no 4). It mentions that computer users "must find a way to curb the activity" if they get numbness or tingling around the thumb and fingers and that they should "learn to break up the day" and "get advice about posture" etc. This places the onus on the user to resolve the problem.

In fact, most users are employees, so it is worth pointing out that:

The Display Screen Equipment Regulations 1992 (Display screen equipment: guidance on regulations, ISBN 0 11 886331 2, HSE Books 017187 881165) places a duty on employers to carry out a risk assessment of computer workstations and implement any measures necessary to safeguard the health and safety of the employee

These regulations also place a duty on the employer to plan breaks or changes of activity into the job

The Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 requires employers to provide training to employees.

We will be glad to supply any of your readers with a free factsheet on the regulations, as long as they send us a SAE. Readers can also contact us for details on our RSI Hazards Handbook and other health and safety publications. Chris Whitehouse, London Hazards Centre, Interchange Studios, Dalby Street, London, NW5 2NQ......


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