Visual display unit work

Visual display unit work

The work of both employees and managers is becoming more and more information-intensive. Information-intensive work requires the use of information and communication technology in various kinds of work environments. This makes ensuring the fluidity, health and safety of the work all the more important.

Office work can put a physical strain on employees if they need to work in unfavourable conditions or sit still for long periods of time. Physical workload factors relating to the work environment include, among others, lighting, ambient temperature, air quality and the layout of the workspace in terms of equipment and furniture. Finding ergonomic workspaces for office work is a challenge for both employees and managers as well as occupational health care professionals and occupational safety and health personnel. The individuals in charge of buying new hardware and software, workspace design and software development as well as hardware suppliers also need information about the ergonomic needs of a workplace.

Adverse effects of work involving the use of display screen equipment

Having to continuously use display screen equipment at work puts a strain on employees’ musculoskeletal system and eyes. Factors that can contribute to the harmful effects of work involving the use of display screen equipment include

  • having to sit still for long periods of time
  • repetitive head or hand movements
  • having to constantly look up, down or to the side
  • awkward and unsupported hand positions, and
  • having to sit hunched down without back support.