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.