The use of display screen equipment (DSE) whether a desktop computer with multiple monitors or mobile tablet touchscreen devices, can cause a variety of health issues, like work-related upper limb disorders (WRULD), back ache, eye strain, headaches, fatigue and mental stress. They can happen because of poor design, inadequate workstations, the surrounding environment, tasks and software, a lack of breaks and posture.
Repetitive strain injury (RSI) is a key example of an upper limb disorder associated with computers.
Some conditions occur naturally and have clear origins, while they may also be caused by home and leisure activities. Even if work isn’t the primary cause of the condition, a worker can claim it’s aggravated or accelerated by work activities. Therefore, their employer might be accused of neglecting their duty to comply with health and safety law – specifically, the Health and Safety (Display Screen Equipment) Regulations.