The impact of ICT on health and safety<br />By: Joanne Dyer<br />
introduction<br />There are various health problems associated with the regular use of computers, such as stress, eyestrain and injuries to the wrists, neck and back.<br /> Employers must take steps to protect employees whose work involves ICT.<br />
Have regular eye tests and wear glasses if prescribed. </li></ul>Symptoms & solutions!<br />
Back pain & Repetitive Strain Injury<br />many computer users suffer with serious back problems. This is usually due to a poor posture or an awkward position while sitting at a computer.<br />To avoid back pain:<br />- Use a fully adjustable chair.<br />- A footrest.<br />- Use a monitor that is adjustable. So that your neck doesn't have to bend.<br />-Take regular brakes and walk about.<br />-Sit with your back straight and head up.<br />Repetitive strain injury (RSI) is damage to the fingers, wrist and other parts of the body due to repeated movements over a long period of time. Symptoms include…<br />In the arms and hands.<br /><ul><li>Aching, Pain in arms/wrists even after rest, Weakness, Swelling, Tenderness, Numbness, Pins and needles or burning sensation.</li></ul>In the shoulders and neck…<br /><ul><li>Stiffness and aching.</li></li></ul><li>Safety issues<br />The workplace can be a dangerous place. Some precautions which can be taken to reduce the risk of accidents are.<br /><ul><li>No wires around to be tripped over.
Fire exits should be clearly marked.</li></li></ul><li>Employer obligations<br />Laws have been passed to ensure that employers provide safe working environment for anyone who works with computers. This is called the ‘health and safety at work act (1974).’<br />The law states that an employer must…<br /><ul><li>Provide tilt able screens.