Health And Safety

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Health And Safety

  1. 1. Health and Safety when using ICT
  2. 2. By the end of this lesson… <ul><li>You will be able to: </li></ul><ul><li>Know 3 health risks that are associated with using ICT. </li></ul><ul><li>Know at least 2 ways of preventing the health risks. </li></ul>
  3. 3. ICT Health and Safety Working with computers for long periods of time can cause many different kinds of health problems… <ul><li>Back Problems. </li></ul><ul><li>Eyestrain. </li></ul><ul><li>Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI) </li></ul>
  4. 4. Back Problems Many computer users suffer serious back problems. This is due to poor posture or an awkward position sitting at a desk/computer. <ul><li>Solutions to Back Problems: </li></ul><ul><li>An adjustable chair to avoid awkward posture. </li></ul><ul><li>Sit with your back straight and head up. </li></ul><ul><li>Use a footrest. </li></ul>
  5. 5. Eyestrain Eyes can become strained after staring at a computer screen for a long time, particularly if working in bad light or with a flickering screen. Eyestrain can lead to headaches… <ul><li>Solutions to Eyestrain: </li></ul><ul><li>Take regular breaks – do not work for more than 1 hour at a time. </li></ul><ul><li>Windows around you must have blinds to avoid glare from the sun. </li></ul><ul><li>Have regular eye tests. </li></ul><ul><li>Use screen filters that can remove a high percentage of the harmful rays </li></ul><ul><li>Use screens that do not flicker </li></ul>
  6. 6. Repetitive Strain Injury Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI) is damage to the fingers and wrists due to repeated movements over a long period of time e.g. keying letters into keyboard. <ul><li>Solutions to RSI: </li></ul><ul><li>Keep your elbows close to your sides. </li></ul><ul><li>Use wrist rests and avoid bending your wrists. </li></ul><ul><li>Take a break from typing per hour. </li></ul>
  7. 7. <ul><li>Health experts have suggested that ozone emitted from laser printers can lead to breathing problems. </li></ul>Ozone Irritation Solution It is recommended that laser printers should be situated at least one meter away from where people are sitting and there should be good ventilation in the area.
  8. 8. Ergonomics Ergonomic : An item/furniture is designed to work with the natural movement of the human body.

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