Safety and Health (Display Screen Equipment) Regulation
The commencement notice for the Occupational Safety and Health (Display Screen
Equipment) Regulation was gazetted on 9 May 2003. The regulation has come into
operation since 4 July 2003.
The Regulation aims at protecting the safety
and health of employees who use display screen equipment at work for prolonged
periods of time. The main provisions of the Regulation are as follows: -
- The person responsible for the workplace shall perform a risk assessment
of existing workstations within 14 days after the commencement date. For new workstations,
the risk assessments shall be conducted before they are first used by users. The
responsible person shall review the assessment if there has been a significant
change in the conditions of the previous assessment or in the workstation.
The responsible person shall, so far as reasonably practicable, keep a record
of all risk assessments, and shall retain that record for a period of at least
2 years after the workstation ceases to be used by any user; and shall produce
the record for inspection;
- The responsible person shall take steps to
reduce any risk identified in a risk assessment to the lowest extent as is reasonably
- The responsible person shall, so far as reasonably practicable,
make available to users a copy of the risk assessment record and the record of
actions taken after the assessment;
- The responsible person shall, so
far as reasonably practicable, ensure that the workstations in the workplace are
suitable having regard to the safety and health of users of those workstations;
An employer shall, so far as reasonably practicable, ensure that a user employed
by him is provided with necessary safety and health training in the use of workstations;
- A user of a workstation in a workplace shall, so far as reasonably
practicable, conform to the system of work and work practice; and comply with
the risk reduction measures.
Further information please contact the Occupational Health Service of Labour Department
at telephone number 2852 4041.