Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article Laptops can damage your healthOn 1 Jul 2001 in Musculoskeletal disorders, Personnel Today Staff who use laptops on a daily basis are reported to have the highestincidence of musculoskeletal symptoms, according to Dr Lynn McAtamney, directorof Cope occupational health and ergonomic services. The ergonomics of the typical environments in which laptops are used – cars,trains, planes or the living-room sofa, for instance – are particularly poor.This can lead to discomfort and musculoskeletal conditions, particularly of theneck, back and arms as well as visual or stress-related problems. If the laptop is necessary for work and is used for extended periods thenthe Display Screen Equipment Regulations (1992) apply and there is a duty ofcare on the part of the employer. Companies may be exposing themselves to legalaction by not putting in place adequate and proper systems to comply with theregulations to ensure peripatetic staff are using laptops in a manner which isnot likely to lead to ill health. Dr McAtemney concluded by offering practical solutions to setting up laptopworkstations ergonomically. Related posts:No related photos.