The increasing use of portable computing and communication devices and its impact on the health of EU workers
Portable computing and communication devices (portable IT) such as portable digital assistants (PDAs), laptop computers, smart phones, tablet personal computers are widely used by workers in different occupations and their use is increasing.
This report highlights possible effects of frequent use of portable computing and communication devices on health and safety of workers: both physical and psychological health effects due to portable IT use are covered. Furthermore, the report tries to characterise current and future patterns of portable IT use (types of work, working patterns, working environments, categories of workers, disruption to personal life).
The report also includes options for management and legislation to try and compensate for the possible negative health effects of the use of portable computing and communication devices.