Health and Safety
There are various health problems associated with the regular use of computers. For this reason employers must be aware of the regulations surrounding computer health and safety.
The law states that an employer must:
Note: These regulations do not apply to students in schools or colleges.
In order to provide the satisfactory equipment for their employees, employers use ergonomics to assist the equipment design process. It is the science concerned with designing safe and comfortable working environments for humans. This includes furniture design and the design of parts of the computer like the keyboard and mouse.
Don't forget that rules for all electrical appliances apply in a computer room. This means:
Within information technology it is important that people have an awareness of the various health and safety issues. Steps should also be taken towards preventing common problems rather than trying to cure them at a later date.
Many computer users suffer serious back problems. This is probably due to a poor posture or an awkward position while sitting at a computer.
Eyes can become strained after staring at a computer screen for a long time, particularly if working in bad light, in glare or with a flickering screen.
Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI) is damage to the fingers, wrists and other parts of the body due to repeated movements over a long period of time.
Health experts have suggested that ozone emitted from laser printers [laser printer: pages are printed by fusing the ink to the paper using direct contact and heat ] can lead to breathing problems.