HSE estimate that back pain costs British business up to £624 million per year

Under The Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999’ employers have the primary responsibility for providing a safe working environment for their employees.

The DSE regulations apply where employees use a computer with a VDU screen as a significant part of their normal work. Briefly, the Regulations require employers to:

  • Analyse workstations to assess and reduce risks

  • Ensure workstations meet specified minimum requirements

  • Plan work activities so that they include breaks or changes of activity

  • Provide eye and eyesight tests on request, and special spectacles if needed

  • Provide information and training

In short, whether in an office or at home, your duty is to provide a suitable workstation that won’t put your employee at risk of injury.