Tablet computers with touchscreen displays are becoming increasingly common in both
workplaces and the public domain, such as for customer use in retail stores and airports.
This market is expected to continue its rapid growth so understanding the ergonomics of
tablet use is an important consideration for ergonomists, employers and facilities managers.
Postural guidelines and best use practices are well established for traditional computing
devices; desktop and laptop computers. Musculoskeletal issues are addressed and the risks
to user health minimised by legislation Regulations and Guidance documents. Devices with
new touch technology are inadequately covered by established guidelines and legislation
and so can present health risks and accessibility challenges for users.
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