INFO 1 - Health and Safety

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What does the health and safety work act do?
Protects workers from things that could cause them harm or damage their health. Makes sure employers assess the environment they work in.
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What does the risk assessment involve completed by the employer?
Identifying hazards, Identifying the risks posed by hazards, Putting safety precautions in place to reduce the risks, Train staff to work safely and deal with remaining risks, Check the station regularly, Encourage staff to report problems.
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What is the Display Screen Regulations designed for?
To safeguard people who use computers for a long period of time.
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What causes back pain and spinal damage?
Sitting for a long period of time in an incorrect manner.
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What should workstations allow to avoid pack pain or spinal injury?
Adjustable chair with back support, Monitors should tilt and swivel, Keyboards should be adjustable, Enough workspace, Optional footrest and wrist rest, Document holders provided.
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What is repetitive strain injury?
Also known as RSI, caused when you do frequent and repetitive movements of parts of your body, caused by long periods of computer use (especially mouse), It affects nerves, tendons, muscles and joints.
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What can be done to prevent RSI?
Height adjustable keyboards, A space in front of the keyboard, Adopting good habits of keeping wrists straight, using a gentle tough and not over-stretching fingers, Ergonomic keyboard, Easy to reach mouse, Consider alternative input devices.
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What are some alternative input devices to prevent RSI?
Tracker ball, A microphone with speech recognition software, automatic data capture such as OMR or OCR readers for large amounts of data capture.
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Can the use of computers damage eyes?
There is no evidence that computer use can cause permanent damage to the eyes or disease but focusing on the screen to long can cause tired eyes and headaches causing stress,
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What can employers do to prevent eye strain and headaches?
Monitors should have the ability to be tilted so that they can be adjusted for the user and moved away from glare. Workers can ask employers to pay for eye tests but the employees need to pay for glasses if they need them.
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Why is software as important as hardware?
A poorly designed software can lead to stress.
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What things need to be considered by the software designer to reduce stress?
Background and font colours should contrast well, Font sizes, Menus laid out logically to reduce unnecessary clicks, Keyboard shortcuts, Macros to help reduce complex sequences into one click, Help option, Accept a wide variety of input.
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What are some features of computer based work that can make stress more likely?
Increase in data-monitoring of staff and their performance. Use of inefficient interfaces or processing systems.
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Employers can avoid workers getting stressed by...
Ensuring their systems are robust. Being reasonable about targets that employees are expected to perform to.
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What medical conditions are linked to using computers?
RSI - Repetitive Strain Injury, Eye Strain, Back Problems, Stress.
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What does the risk assessment involve completed by the employer?

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Identifying hazards, Identifying the risks posed by hazards, Putting safety precautions in place to reduce the risks, Train staff to work safely and deal with remaining risks, Check the station regularly, Encourage staff to report problems.

Card 3

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What is the Display Screen Regulations designed for?

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Card 4

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What causes back pain and spinal damage?

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What should workstations allow to avoid pack pain or spinal injury?

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