Portable computing and communication devices and their impact on workers’ health

Working with portable devices and systems differs markedly from the work with visual display units at workstations which is regulated by the European visual display units (VDU) Directive. While still regarded by many as ‘executive toys’, these systems are increasingly used by salespersons, technical support workers, delivery persons, and  restaurant and maintenance staff.
This report addresses the many challenges that the use of mobile devices poses to OSH and gives recommendations for policy and practice. The sources of information that have been reviewed and analysed are – survey results, sales data, manufacturers’ and service providers’ information, published scientific research, market research, data from national authorities, and expert opinions.
The study gives an overview of the technology and its use, the various types of portable computing and communication systems, the tasks they are used for,  and the extent to which portable systems are used , the types of workers, and the specific risks they may be exposed to. 

Source : http://osha.europa.eu/en/news/EU-Portable-computing-communication-devices

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