In the past few years, concerns about some health risks have risen, and some connection has been established between these health risks and computer usage. Some of these health effects include joint pain and eye strain after an extended period huddled looking at a screen and typing on a keyboard. This health problems have been proven to be associated with regular and extended use of computers – desktop, laptop, tablets and others.
Hence, every user of electronic devices should endeavour to have basic knowledge of the regulations guiding computer health and safety. Knowledge about computer usage and safety is essential in preventing potential injuries and strains.
Ultimately, regular assessments on computer usage are encouraged for computer users regularly.
Some of these important computer health and safety assessments are outlined below. Carrying out these assessments can prevent potential health risks to a large extent.
- Chair Positioning
As you use your computer, ensure the chair you regularly use while operating your computer promotes good posture and provides maximum comfort.
Part of the computer health and safety guideline states that workplace chairs should provide support for the lower back. Note also that the chair must be placed at a distance of 19 to 27 inches away from the monitor.
- THE SCREEN
Following full computer health and safety guide, your computer’s screen should be positioned at an eye level. You risk a strain in the neck or eye muscles if the screen is kept or positioned above eye level. Also, the screen should be wiped regularly. Your computer screen’s visibility will be affected by dirt which builds up on the screen over time.
Breaks on the screen should also be taken care of to prevent you from straining your eyes.
- WINDOWS AND LIGHTING
Your computer should not for any reason be situated in a place where outside lighting affects the screen visibility. The glare of any kind on the screen will make working effectively harder. However, in situations where this cannot be helped, the guideline suggests that screen filters should be put in place. Additionally, computer users are encouraged to check their screen brightness levels regularly.
- Typing position
Lots of people are unaware of how much their preferred typing position increases the risks of injury to all parts of their lower arm.
Relaxing during typing without slouching or unnecessary bending is the right typing position. Again, having a well positioned seat or chair is a good start. It will improve your health safety in the long run.
- The keyboard
The health and safety instruction stipulates that the keyboard for a desktop should be positioned above the elbow level. The keyboard should be used instead of the mouse as much as possible. When using the mouse, the whole of the arm should be used to move it, and not only the wrist.
While you try to keep to these health assessment tips above, it is important also to go through the provided safety booklet that comes with any computer before working with such a computer. This is to ensure that as a user, you have the required information that will reduce the health risks of using such computer.
Written by Kalu Chidi Eke.