Computers Health and Safety

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  • 1. GENERAL RISK ASSESSMENTPROGRAMME AREA All Sites REF NO. RA 1OPERATION BEING ASSESSED COMPUTER WORKSTATIONS PURPOSE/METHOD OF WORK (3)To use a VDU workstation for a variety of tasks, including word processing, accounting, record keeping, graphic design and general datainput.Use of the computer may be via a keyboard, a mouse or both.1. Switch on power to workstation.2. Run software appropriate to the task.3. Use keyboard or mouse to input information and commands4. Store data to floppy disk.5. Produce hardcopy of data documents.6. Shut down software package on completion of the task.7. Switch off power to workstation. SPECIFIC LEGISLATIVE REQUIREMENTS (4) LEVEL OF SKILL/TRAINING REQUIRED (5) Knowledge of operation of computer hardware andHealth and Safety (Display Screen Equipment) Regulations peripherals.Provision and Use of Work Equipment RegulationsHealth and Safety at Work etc. Act Knowledge and understanding of the appropriateWorkplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations software.Electricity at Work Regulations Knowledge of the outcome of any specific Display ScreenManagement of Health and Safety at Work Regulations Equipment assessments as required by the Regulations.CHEMICALS/MATERIALS HSC NO. ASSESSMENT SPECIFIC WORK EQUIPMENT PROVIDED (7)INVOLVED (6) DATEScreen Cleaner Computer with Monitor and Keyboard Optionally a mouse and a printer Other peripheral equipment
  • 2. MAIN HAZARDS IDENTIFIED (8) WHO WILL BE AFFECTED (9) CONTROL MEASURES TO REDUCE THE RISK (10) Work Related Disorders VDU User Ensure workstation assessed in accordance with the Display Screen Equipment Regulations and complies with the Code of Practice on Visual Display Units. Ensure users are aware of basic requirements of Display Screen Equipment Regulations and have competence to adjust workstations to comply with the above. Operators to follow varied work regime and take breaks Stress/Fatigue/Eyestrain etc. VDU User away from the workstation and after every hour of continuous use. Ensure only approved substances and Safety Control Effects from use of chemicals VDU User Systems are used and assessments undertaken where required. Ensure user awareness regarding potential hazards from toner and instructions for safe use as outlined in health and safety control sheet. Toners replaced by trained personnel (Network Services). Ensure all electrical equipment tested in accordance with Electrical Hazard VDU User the PUWER Regulations. Equipment must not be powered permanently with four gang leads. All computers and peripherals should have individual socket outlets. Ensure that any member of staff or student without the relevant competencies does not interfere with, or attempt to make repairs to electrical equipment etc. MANUAL HANDLING RISK (11) PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT REQUIRED (12) Has a manual handling risk been identified NO Is the risk considered to be LOW Is a further detailed assessment required NO If the answer to the above question is YES a separate manual Is training and instruction required NO handling assessment will be required to fulfil the requirements of Is there need for special accommodation NO the Manual Handling Operations Regulations 1992. Is there need for test/examination NO Is all P. P. E. compatible N/A FREQUENCY OF MONITORING (13) ASSESSMENT REVIEW PERIOD N/A 3 6 Months 1 Year > 1 Year < 1 Year 2 Years 3 Years 4 Years >4 Months Years X XSigned: Samantha Hampton Facilities ManagerDate: 1 st April 2010