Occupational Safety and Health (Display Screen
This is a subsidiary regulation under the
Occupational Safety & Health Ordinance (OSHO) enacted on 24 April 2002 under the Occupational Safety and
Health Ordinance. There will be a one-year grace period
before this Regulation becomes fully effective (April 2003).
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How will the University
be affected by this Regulation?
This Regulation is applicable to
the University's operations as it is enacted under the OSHO. The Regulation aims at
protecting the safety and health of employees who use display screen equipment
at work for prolonged periods of time almost every day.
"display screen equipment (DSE)" refers to any display screen which
shows letters, numbers, characters or graphics, regardless of the display
process involved. The most common type of DSE that can be found in the office
and laboratory environments is the personal computer.
to the Code of Practice published under the Regulation, the definition of "prolonged periods of time" means:
- Operation of display screen equipment continuously for at least 4 hours
during a day or cumulatively for at least 6 hours during a day; almost every
- Breaks not exceeding 10 minutes in an hour away from the display screen
equipment shall not be regarded as breaking the continuity of use of the display
Summary of Requirements
If any employee is required to work with a display
screen equipment (e.g. a computer) at a workstation for "prolonged periods of
time" almost every day, the person responsible for the workplace (office,
laboratory, workshop etc.) is required to:
||Ensure that the workstation is suitable having
regard to the safety, and health of the employee.
[Guidelines for setting up
and working at a
proper computer workstation]
||Perform a risk assessment of the workstation
in the workplace place before the workstation is first use by the
[Guidelines and checklist for
performing Risk Assessment]
||Take steps to reduce any risks identified in
the risk assessment.
||Make available to the employee a copy of the
relevant record documents, including:
the findings of the risk assessment; and
any action taken after the assessment.
||Ensure that the employee is provided with
necessary safety and health training in the use of the workstation.
do to comply with the Regulation?
published by Labour Department]