Working Conditions: VDUs

Department for Work and Pensions written question – answered at on 5 December 2017.

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Photo of Andrew Percy Andrew Percy Conservative, Brigg and Goole

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what plans he has to encourage desk-based workers to take time away from computer screens during the working day.

Photo of Sarah Newton Sarah Newton The Minister of State, Department for Work and Pensions

The Health and Safety Executive’s (HSE) website already provides practical guidance for employers on working safely with screen based equipment, which can be found at

It is widely recognised that frequent short breaks from desk-based work can help reduce health issues such as fatigue, eye strain, upper limb problems, backache and mental stress.

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