In response to the concerns of computer users and others, governmental bodies have passed laws regulating computer workstation use. The International Standards Organization has issued a standard for computer workstations, ISO-9241. The American National Standard for Human Factors Engineering of Visual Display Terminal Workstations (ANSI HFS-100 1988) outlines specific standards for creating a safe computer workstation.

The ANSI committee is rewriting the current standard to reflect the latest knowledge about seating posture, workstation design, keyboards, monitor/VDT height and more.