Computing & Health  Risks of prolonged computer   usage and prevention tips
!Intensive computer usagecan seriously damage your          health!
Back injuries account for1/3 of all workplace injuries
Sitting in front of a computer  screen for five hours a day   can dramatically increase  the risk of depression and       ...
10 years ago back injurieswere associated with heavy          lifting.Today they are caused by people sitting in front of ...
In the early 1990s the average    age of workers reporting   Carpal Tunnel Syndrome   was late 30s to early 40s.     Now i...
Estimated costs to companies  due to loss of productivity  and compensation due to CRI is 60-100 billion dollars        in...
Reasons• Static & bad posture• Prolonged sitting & poor circulation• Repetitive moves• Looking at a screen for a long time...
Injuries• Back, neck, shoulder & arm pain• Tension headaches• Pain, swelling & stiffness of joints• Eyestrain & vision pro...
Prevention• Optimize your workstation• Watch your posture• Take periodic breaks & stretch• Look away frequently• Use light...
Optimal workstation setup                   Image Credit: HumanScale.com
Watch your posture              Image Credit: genuineselfhelp.com
Take periodic breaks & stretch                      Image Credit: stretching.com
Look away frequently                Image Credit: pacificprime.com
Use light touch when typing                 Image Credit: tech-pioneer.blogspot.com
Pace yourself          Image Credit: dangerman75.blogspot.com
!Most of the people reading this  will fail to create healthy        working habits
Why do we fail?
Creating a new habit is hard
Why do we fail?• Lack of planning and preparation• We start too big• We don’t acknowledge our successes• We neglect to com...
Things to remember
Working at a computer cancause back, neck and shoulderpains, headache, eyestrain and overuse injuries of the upper        ...
The risks can be reduced or   eliminated with properworkstation design, improved posture and good working            habits
Take baby stepsand dont give up.
References•   http://www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/bhcv2/bhcarticles.nsf/pages/Computer_related_injuries•   http://karim-oud...
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Computing and health

  1. 1. Computing & Health Risks of prolonged computer usage and prevention tips
  2. 2. !Intensive computer usagecan seriously damage your health!
  3. 3. Back injuries account for1/3 of all workplace injuries
  4. 4. Sitting in front of a computer screen for five hours a day can dramatically increase the risk of depression and insomnia
  5. 5. 10 years ago back injurieswere associated with heavy lifting.Today they are caused by people sitting in front of computers
  6. 6. In the early 1990s the average age of workers reporting Carpal Tunnel Syndrome was late 30s to early 40s. Now it has dropped to mid-20s and even younger
  7. 7. Estimated costs to companies due to loss of productivity and compensation due to CRI is 60-100 billion dollars in the US alone
  8. 8. Reasons• Static & bad posture• Prolonged sitting & poor circulation• Repetitive moves• Looking at a screen for a long time• Office noise
  9. 9. Injuries• Back, neck, shoulder & arm pain• Tension headaches• Pain, swelling & stiffness of joints• Eyestrain & vision problems• Stress & depression• Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  10. 10. Prevention• Optimize your workstation• Watch your posture• Take periodic breaks & stretch• Look away frequently• Use light touch when typing• Pace yourself
  11. 11. Optimal workstation setup Image Credit: HumanScale.com
  12. 12. Watch your posture Image Credit: genuineselfhelp.com
  13. 13. Take periodic breaks & stretch Image Credit: stretching.com
  14. 14. Look away frequently Image Credit: pacificprime.com
  15. 15. Use light touch when typing Image Credit: tech-pioneer.blogspot.com
  16. 16. Pace yourself Image Credit: dangerman75.blogspot.com
  17. 17. !Most of the people reading this will fail to create healthy working habits
  18. 18. Why do we fail?
  19. 19. Creating a new habit is hard
  20. 20. Why do we fail?• Lack of planning and preparation• We start too big• We don’t acknowledge our successes• We neglect to communicate• We use disruptions as an excuse to give up
  21. 21. Things to remember
  22. 22. Working at a computer cancause back, neck and shoulderpains, headache, eyestrain and overuse injuries of the upper limbs
  23. 23. The risks can be reduced or eliminated with properworkstation design, improved posture and good working habits
  24. 24. Take baby stepsand dont give up.
  25. 25. References• http://www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/bhcv2/bhcarticles.nsf/pages/Computer_related_injuries• http://karim-ouda.blogspot.com/2012/04/computer-related-health-problems-and.html• http://www.bhj.org/journal/2004_4505_jan/html/computer_37.htm• http://www.rsiprevention.com/rsi_prevention.php• http://www.rsi-relief.com/2008/11/a-list-of-rsi-prevention-tips/• http://www.healthycomputing.com/office/setup/index.html• http://www.healthycomputing.com/health/index.html• http://www8.hp.com/us/en/hp-information/ergo/• http://www.medindia.net/patients/lifestyleandwellness/computer-related-injuries.htm• http://www.rsi-solutions.co.uk/• http://www.keytools.co.uk/rsi-stats.html• http://www.allaboutvision.com/cvs/irritated.htm• http://www.lifehack.org/articles/lifehack/ten-ways-that-computer-can-ruins-your-health.html• http://www.pickthebrain.com/blog/8-reasons-why-you-fail-at-creating-new-habits/• http://zenhabits.net/fail/• http://www.workrave.org/
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