Display screen(s) - where multiple screens are used each screen must be assessed

  • Is the text on the screen easy to read?

  • Is the image on the screen stable (free from flicker and jitter)?

  • Is the screen suitable for its intended use?
    (e.g. An application with intensive graphic work is required may require a larger screen)

  • Are the brightness and/or contrast adjustable?

  • Does the operator know how to adjust the screen?

  • Can the screen be swivelled or tilted?
    Swivel and twist mechanisms need not be built in. The operator should be able to adjust the screen to a comfortable viewing position.

  • Is the screen free from glare and reflections?

  • Is the operators line of sight free from bright light sources (mirrors, windows, bright list)?

  • Are adjustable window coverings provided and are they in adequate condition?


  • Is the keyboard separate from the screen?
    This is a requirement, unless the task makes it impracticable

  • Does the keyboard tilt?

  • Is it possible to find a comfortable keying position?

  • Does the user have a good keyboard technique?
    Good technique prevents
    -hands bent at the wrist
    -hitting the keys too hard
    -over stretching the fingers

  • Are the characters on the keys easily readable?

Mouse, trackball etc

  • Is the device suitable for the task?

  • Is the device positioned close to the user?

  • Does the device work smoothly at a speed that suits the user?

  • Is there support for the users wrist and forearm?

  • Can the user easily adjust the software settings for speed and accuracy of the pointer?


  • Is the software suitable for the task?


  • Is the work surface large enough for all the necessary equipment, papers etc?

  • Can the user comfortably reach all the equipment and papers they need to use?

  • Are surfaces free from glare and reflection?

  • Is the chair suitable?

  • Is the chair stable?
    Does the chair have a base with 5 legs?

  • Does the chair have working:
    - seat back height and tilt adjustment
    - seat height adjustment
    - swivel mechanism
    - castors or glides

  • Is the seat adjusted correctly?

  • Is the small of the operators back supported by chairs backrest?

  • Are the forearms horizontal?

  • Are the operators eyes roughly level with the top of the VDU?

  • Are the feet flat to the floor without too much pressure from the seat on the back of the legs?

  • Is the floor under the workstation free from obstructions?


  • Is there enough room to change position and vary movement?

  • Is the lighting suitable?
    Not too bright or not to dim to work comfortably

  • Are the lights fitted with diffusers?

  • Does the air feel comfortable?

  • Are the levels of heat comfortable?

  • Are the levels of noise comfortable?


  • Has the user experienced any problems using the computer?

  • Has the operator experienced any discomfort using the computer?
    - numbness and tingling in hands or arms
    - dry sore eyes
    - stress and tension

  • Is the user aware of the company policy on eye and eyesight testing?

  • Is the user able to take regular breaks away from the VDU?

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