Ergonomics is a discipline that involvesarranging the environment to fit theperson in it. When ergonomics isapplied correctly in the workenvironment, visual andmusculoskeletal discomfort and fatigueare reduced.
Other IssuesAnother concern for computerusers is their vision. Staring at acomputer monitor for hours onend can strain the eyes, resultingin eyestrain and headaches.Remember to take breaks atregular intervals.
Health IssuesRepetitive motion injuries can causeemployee injuries. These injuries arecaused by excessive and repeatedphysical stress on the hands, wrists,elbow, shoulders, neck and back
What is CTS Carpal tunnel syndrome or CTS is a painful progressive condition caused by squeezing of a key nerve in the wrist. It occurs when the median nerve, which runs from the forearm into the hand, becomes pressed or squeezed at the wrist. This causes pain, weakness or numbness in the hands, wrists and arms. The risk of developing carpal tunnel syndrome is especially common in those performing assembly line works or repetitive computing.
What is RSI RSI is an umbrella term for various types of pain symptoms in the neck, shoulders, arms, wrists and hands, and sometimes even in the legs. RSI occurs from chronically overstrained muscles cause by repeated physical movements such as clicking on the mouse or rapid touch typing whereby no or little variation in the working posture is possible. A workstation which cannot be optimally adapted to the persons measurements can cause RSI.
Avoiding RSIA high level of work pressure can often lead to extra-tensed muscles in the neck and shoulder so it is essential to take hourly breaks and try to interchange repetitive tasks with other tasks. A well designed work station is essential to good health when using computers.
Preventing andMinimising injuries.• Take short breaks hourly.• Every 5 minutes, look away from the screen and focus your eyes on something in the distance.• Make sure your work station is adjusted to suit your own requirements.• Work in a well-lit environment.
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