What is the maximum recommended hours to spend in front of a screen in the UK?

There is no UK regulation that says there is a maximum amount a user should or can be expected to sit using a screen for their work.

The UK health and Safety Executive (HSE) have stipulated that there is no maximum limit to how long a person can be asked to use screens and computers as part of their job. Instead it provides a number of guidelines so assist users to complete their job duties.

This dispels the myth that people spend “too long” on screen. Regular breaks are recommended, but more importantly, correct posture, regular eye tests, appropriate eye wear (spectacles or contact lenses) are the actions to take.

The following documents are a good starting point from a legislation point of view.

http://www.hse.gov.uk/pubns/indg36.pdf (Links to an external site.)

http://www.hse.gov.uk/contact/faqs/vdubreaks.htm (Links to an external site.)

Your Line Manager can arrange an appointment with Occupational Health who will provide an initial diagnostic assessment of your needs. Alternatively there is a General Enquiry Form on the University of Hull Health and Safety site. http://www2.hull.ac.uk/student/occhealth.aspx

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