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Council Directive of 29 May 1990 on the minimum safety and health requirements for work with display screen equipment (fifth individual Directive within the meaning of Article 16 (1) of Directive 89/391/EEC) (90/270/EEC)

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2.ENVIRONMENTU.K.

(a)Space requirementsU.K.

The workstation shall be dimensioned and designed so as to provide sufficient space for the user to change position and vary movements.

(b)LightingU.K.

Room lighting and/or spot lighting (work lamps) shall ensure satisfactory lighting conditions and an appropriate contrast between the screen and the background environment, taking into account the type of work and the user’s vision requirements.

Possible disturbing glare and reflections on the screen or other equipment shall be prevented by coordinating workplace and workstation layout with the positioning and technical characteristics of the artificial light sources.

(c)Reflections and glareU.K.

Workstations shall be so designed that sources of light, such as windows and other openings, transparent or translucid walls, and brightly coloured fixtures or walls cause no direct glare [X1and no distracting reflections on the screen].

Windows shall be fitted with a suitable system of adjustable covering to attenuate the daylight that falls on the workstation.

(d)NoiseU.K.

Noise emitted by equipment belonging to workstation(s) shall be taken into account when a workstation is being equipped, in particular so as not to distract attention or disturb speech.

(e)HeatU.K.

Equipment belonging to workstation(s) shall not produce excess heat which could cause discomfort to workers.

(f)RadiationU.K.

All radiation with the exception of the visible part of the electromagnetic spectrum shall be reduced to negligible levels from the point of view of the protection of workers’ safety and health.

(g)HumidityU.K.

An adequate level of humidity shall be established and maintained.

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