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Safe Working With Computers

SOAS recognises it responsibilities towards users of display screen equipment under the Health and Safety (Display Screen Equipment) Regulation 1992 (as amended 2002) and aims to fulfil these obligations by application of this policy.

The Health and Safety Commission states that there is no scientific evidence that use of a computer, or other Display Screen Equipment (DSE / Visual Display Unit [VDU]), if used sensibly, will be injurious to health. Nor is there any evidence that computing equipment emits harmful radiation. The use of DSE may, however, exacerbate any pre-existing medical conditions and can lead to muscular and other physical problems. By following the guidance laid out in this policy problems may be eliminated or reduced resulting in a better working environment for all staff working with display screen equipment.

Follow the links on the right for further information on the School's policies regarding computer use.

Below are some useful documents to ensure your work space is a safe and comfortable environment.

VDU Workstation Checklist

Information on RSI

Ergonomics

Keyboard Shortcuts for Windows

Keyboard Shortcuts for Macs

Changing Background Colours

Workrave Leaflet

Workrave FAQs