Topic 26 - Health Issues

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  • Created by: Aimee
  • Created on: 29-11-12 08:53

Back Ache Problems

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

Back Ache Prevention

  • Use an adjustable chair
  • Make sure you make adjustments 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
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Working with computers can be stressful. Stress can be caused by:

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

Stress Prevention

  • Ask for help with a problem
  • Use software that you are familiar with
  • Leave the problem and take a break
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Causes blurred vision and headaches. Can be caused by:

  • Focusing on the screen for long periods of time
  • Glare/reflections on the screen or a dirty screen

Preventions for Eyestrain

  • Keep the screen clear and use screen wipes
  • Avoid glare by using adjustable blinds
  • Take regular breaks
  • Focus on a distant object at regular intervals
  • Have regular eye tests
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Repetitive Strain Injury

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

Preventions for Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI)

  • Adjust the chair to suit you
  • Ensure you have enough work space
  • Use a document holder
  • Use a wrist rest
  • Keep wrists straight when typing
  • Postition the mouse so your wrist can be kept straight
  • Learn how to type properly
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General Precautions

Chairs should:

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

Keyboards should:

  • Be seperate from the screen - this is often not the case with laptops
  • Be tiltable
  • Have a matt surface to reduce glare
  • Include enough space to rest your wrists
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General Precautions Cont.

Ergonomic keyboard

  • This keyboard is not broken - It is designed to help reduce RSI


  • Correct height
  • Non-reflective surface
  • Plenty of room to work


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