Topic 26- Health Issues

Topic 26- Health Issues

Topic 26- Health Issues

ICT health problems

  • Back ache
  • Repetitive strain injury (RSI)
  • Eye stain
  • Stress

Bach-ache problems

  • Caused by incorrect posture
  • Computers users tend to slouch
  • Laptops users frequently work with computer on their knees
  • Can be made worse by a poorly designed/non-adjustable chair

Back-ache prevention

  • Use an adjustable chair
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  • Make sure you make adjustable to the chair to suit you
  • Sit up straight- do not slouch
  • Ensure screen is at the correct angle and directly in front of you
  • Use a footrest


Working with computers is stressful

Stress can be caused by:

  • The pace of work
  • Having to learn new technology
  • Frustrating software
  • Losing work-problems with virsuses

Stress Preventions

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  • Preventions
  • Ask for help with a problem
  • Use software that you are familiar with
  • Leave the problem and take a break


Cause blurred vision and headaches

Can be caused by:

  • Focusing on the screen for long periods
  • Glare/ reflection on the screen or a dirty screen

Preventing Eyestrain

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  • Keep the screen clear (use screen wipes)
  • Avoid glare by using adjusatable blinds
  • Take regular breaks
  • Focus on a distant object at regular intervals
  • Have regular eye-test

Repetitive strain injury

  • Caused by repetitive actions such as typing or mouse clicking
  • Causes aches in hands, wrist, arms and neck
  • Can eventually be painful and disabling
  • Can be avoided

Avoiding RSI

  • Adjust the chair to suit you
  • Ensure you have enough workspace
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  • Use a document holder
  • Use a wrist rest
  • Keep wrists straight when keying in
  • Position the mouse so your wrist can be kept straight
  • Learn how to type properly

Chairs should

  • Have an adjustable backrest to support the back
  • Allow the seat height to be adjusted
  • Have a 5-caster base
  • Have adjustable arm rests


  • Keyboards should be separate from the screen
  • Keyboards should be tilt table
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  • Keyboards should have a matt surface to reduce glare
  • Keyboards should include enough space to rest your wirsts

Ergonomic keyboards

  • Are good for reducing RSI


  • There should be no point sources of light ( to reduce reflections on the screen)
  • Adjustable blinds reduce the amount of sunshine entering through windows
  • Matt grey keyboards, mouse, screen, etc, to reduce glare
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