Computer Safety

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PRESENTATION OUTLINE Introduction Human Engineering/Ergonomics - Definition - Objective - Primary Areas of Ergonomics Ideal Office Exercises Correct/Incorrect Position Office of Horrors

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INTRODUCTION Importance of Computer Injuries of Its Use - Eye Strain - Stiff Back - Numbness in Hands and Feet - Fatigue

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HUMAN ENGINEERING/ERGONOMICS Definition: Objective: Primary Areas of Ergonomics : It is the study of how people physically interact with their work – fitting the job, the equipment, and the work environment to the worker. To Work in great safety and comfort with increased productivity. - Monitor Location - Keyboard Location - Seating

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Head and Neck If the position of head ( or neutral) backward forward,

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Check the distance of the monitor (22-26”). Check the side-to-side position of the monitor.

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Lower Back When you sit down the inward curve in your lower back flattens, this places pressure in the spine.

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Make an effort to sit correctly. Make small adjustments to your posture. Make sure that the seat cushion is not too long.

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Get a footrest if you need one . If you need more support in the small of your back, try using a lumbar support.

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Legs and Knees Pressure can build up under thighs and behind knees if your chair in not adjusted properly.

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If you cannot sit fully back in the seat, you need to adjust the backrest assembly. If you can feel pressure at the front of the seat cushion, you need a footrest. Set your seat height.

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Keyboard If you hold your elbows away from your body, muscles in your neck, shoulder and upper arms are under a constant static load.

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Adjust your chair height.

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Hands and Wrists The tendons and nerves that control the fingers run through the wrists.

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Check your seat height. Use a light keying action. Make sure that your hands are in line with your forearms. Have a space in front of your keyboard.

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Feet and Ankles If your seat is too high or too low you, will experience uneven pressure under the thighs and this can restrict blood flow and pinch nerves.

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If you can feel pressure under the front of the thighs, get a footrest.

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Temperature and Humidity Discomfort can occur if the indoor climate is too warm, too cool or draughty. Electrical equipment dries the air. The quickest way is to open a window. Adjust room temperature (20 to 24 oC) and air humidity (40 to 60 %).

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Additional Setup Steps:

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EXERCISES FOR THE OFFICE Hand Exercises One of the biggest injury risk factors is static posture. Try to spend at least 5 minutes every hour away from your computer. Remember to ONLY stretch to the point of mild tension. Try to incorporate the stretches into your daily routine. This slide provides some illustrations of simple active stretches to perform at the office. Tightly clench your hand into a fist and release, fanning out the fingers. Repeat 3 times

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EXERCISES - CONTINUE Back and Shoulder Exercises Stand up straight, place your right hand on your left shoulder and move your head back gently. Do the same thing for the right shoulder

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EXERCISES - CONTINUE Head and Neck Exercises

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Remember ! following these ergonomic guidelines can help you prevent common injuries associated with the use of computers. in most cases, corrective measures are relatively simple and inexpensive. through the application of getting the ideal office, you can work in greater safety and comfort with increased productivity. Remember… Remember… Remember…

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