Laptop Health and Safety

Generally laptop computers do not meet the minimum standards as outlined in the Health and Safety (Display Screen Equipment) Regulations. Employers should be aware that prolonged use of laptop computers can lead to musculoskeletal disorders as a result of poor posture.
However the use laptop computers are a must in certain job roles due to their portability. Sales representatives are the main group of users who may need access to a computer for carrying out presentations and data inputting whilst out in the field.

Employers should carry out a risk assessment to reduce any potential risks to laptop computer users. Control measure may include;-
  • Keeping laptop use to a minimum by ensuring laptop computers are only used out in the field.
  • Providing laptop users with a separate keyboard and mouse for use upon returning to the office or for home working.
  • Providing laptop users with desktop computer for use upon returning to the office or for home working.
Consideration should also be given to the risk from lifting and carrying equipment (manual handling) and violence from possible theft of equipment whilst out in the field.