Health and Safety and the Use of ICT Systems

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What are the 4 main health problems that may occur after using ICT equipment for a long period of time?
RSI, Back Problems, Eye Strain and Stress
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What can be done to prevent RSI
use a wrist rest, take regular breaks, varying work so the user doesn't spend all day typing, having sufficient desk space so the user can rest their wrists in between typing, using an ergonomic keyboard, having an adjustable keyboard
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What can be done to prevent Back Problems
having a chair that has: a 5 point base, adjustable height, adjustable arm rests and an adjustable back, using a foot rest, taking regular breaks, having the monitor at the right height (top of monitor at eye level)
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What can be done to prevent Eye Strain
having suitable lighting (light diffusing lights), having non-flickering anti-glare screens (fitting screen filters), having regular eye tests, regularly focusing on something away from the monitor, fitting blinds in the room, wearing glasses
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What can be done to prevent Stress
having a reliable IT support team, purchasing good quality equipment and software, providing users with adequate support and training, managing work loads properly, taking frequent breaks, using anti-virus and spam filters
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Under EU regulations, what do employers have to do?
provide adjustable chairs, provide adjustable screens, provide anti-glare screen filters, pay for appropriate eye and eyesight tests, plan work so there are breaks from the screen, provide information and training for IT users
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What should software have to minimise health risks?
clear screen layouts, muted colour schemes, readable text, help facilities and error messages, keyboard short cuts, no annoying sounds or flashing images
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What are some causes of RSI
carrying out repetitive tasks on a regular basis, squeezing the mouse too tightly, having the keyboard positioned so hands and arms are held at awkward angles
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What are some causes of Back Problems
using computers for a long period of time, sitting with a bad posture (slouching), having the seat at the incorrect height
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What are some causes of Eye Strain
having a bad level of lighting in the room, having glare or reflection on the screen, having poor screen contrast, having very small text
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What are some causes of Stress
having too much spam and scams coming up, pop-up ads, viruses, lost or deleted files, slow performance or system crashes, constant distractions, too much work, too tight work deadlines
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use a wrist rest, take regular breaks, varying work so the user doesn't spend all day typing, having sufficient desk space so the user can rest their wrists in between typing, using an ergonomic keyboard, having an adjustable keyboard

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