The Ergonomics Directive is in reaction to the rising number of cases of musculoskeletal disorders (MSD), caused from prolonged working at display screens.
The law would have meant employees using cash registers and smart phones having to have a Display Screen Equipment (DSE) assessment. The financial impact for UK employers would have increased. They would have been responsible for paying for eye tests and if necessary, glasses, for employees who were previously illegible for DSE assessments.
While our members take health and safety concerns very seriously, we want changes to be proportionate, risk-based and fair for all sizes of business.
We called for a balanced approach to the introduction of any changes to the Ergonomics Directive. We believed an increased sedentary lifestyle and the massive growth in personal use of smart phones and laptops makes it difficult to assess how individual choices may have contributed to MSD. Rather than introduce new laws for small firms to comply with, we asked policy makers to instead raise awareness and improve existing legislation.