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  • Health and Safety
    • Stress
      • Symptoms
        • Anxiety
        • Headaches palpitations
        • Depression
        • Feeling sick
      • Causes
        • Keeping up to date with new ideas, technology and equipment
        • Harder to separate work from life
      • Prevention
        • Organisation
          • Regular communication between staff and managers
          • Training on how to use equipment and technology
        • Individuals
          • Ask for help
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    • Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI)
      • Symptoms
        • Arms and hands
          • Aching
          • Weakness
          • Swelling
          • Tenderness
          • Numbness
          • Pins and Needles
        • Shoulders and neck
          • Stiffness
          • Aching
      • Causes
        • Typing or using the mouse for long periods of time
        • Using too much force on your fingers when typing
        • Using a poorly designed keyboard
        • Workstation or chair is the wrong height
      • Prevention
        • Wrist rest
        • Five minute break from typing at least every hour
        • Adjustable chair
    • Backache
      • Symptoms
        • Backache ranging from mild to severe
      • Causes
        • Poor posture or an awkward position while sitting at a computer
      • Prevention
        • Fully adjustable chair
        • Monitor which is adjustable
        • Regular breaks
        • Sit with back straight and the head up
        • Footrest
    • Eye Strain
      • Symptoms
        • Fatigue
        • Nausea
        • Headache
        • Burning or itching eyes
        • Blurring, hazy or double vision
      • Causes
        • Staring ata computer screen for long periods of time
        • Eyes becoming dry and sore after starring at a screen for so long
      • Prevention
        • Monitors which dont flicker
        • Screen filter
        • Blinds at the windows
        • Keep your eyes at least 18 inches from the screen
        • Regular breaks
        • Drink plenty of fluids
        • Regular eye tests
    • Health and Safety Legislation
      • Health and Safety at Work Act 1974
        • Employers have a responsibility to ensure minimum risk to employees in the workplace.
        • Carrying equipment, routing of electrical cables, prevention of electrical shock.
      • Display Screen Equipment (VDU) 1992
        • Specific aspect related to work in the computer industry
    • Equipment
      • Computer Chair
        • Swivel and have five feet
        • Adjustable
        • Backrest must be firm
      • Computer screen
        • Ability to tilt, swivel and adjust
        • Adjustable brightness
        • No reflective glare
    • High usability software design
      • Keyboard shortcuts
      • Font sizes, styles and colours chosen to ensure not to bright and easy to read
      • Colour scheme of user interface must be customisable
      • Clear error message to prevent stress
      • On screen help available to the user
      • Macros should be available to record keystrokes
      • On screen demonstration

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