P.M. BRIEFING : EC Adopts Rules on VDT Safety

From Times Wire Services

The 12-nation European Community today adopted sweeping safety regulations covering work with video display terminals, including periodic breaks and the right to regular eye exams.

The mandatory rules also call for glare-free and swiveling screens, “adequate spacing” between characters and lines, and adjustable seats with a footrest if requested.

“Compliance with the minimum requirements for ensuring a better level of safety at workstations with display screens is essential for ensuring the safety and health of workers,” said the EC Council of Ministers, the group’s decision-making body.

Britain abstained from the unanimous decision, however, because it wanted the rules limited to display screens hooked to computers.