Computer Safety and Ergonomics

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Whenever you are doing something, safety guidelines and requirements are important to remember. You want to create a safe and comfortable environment for everyone, including yourself.

Make sure you handle electronic components carefully and be sure to not touch the pines or unprotected wires. It is important to use a non-conductive edge when handling these components to not harm yourself.

Eating or drinking is not allowed when using a public computer. It may damage the computer/keyboard and food crumbs may fall in between the keys of your computer. Your work area should be at a normal room temperature and your computer space should be kept clean.

When creating a password for a computer you are accessing,  is important to make it strong to prevent being hacked. Your password should be something that’s easy to remember but not something obvious like your birthday. It should be at least 8 characters, have numbers and uppercase letters in it.

When using a computer in school or in any other public area, be mindful on what you look up or go on. Using social media may leak information such as addresses, phone numbers, or birth dates to scammers. Make sure that you use professional accounts on these computers as well. Always log off of your email or any other account before leaving your computer. If not you may risk getting hacked. Downloading any programs or software is not allowed unless you have permission from the teacher.

After you are done using a computer, you need to shut it down properly. This is important so that you won’t damage any of your data stored in the hard drives. To prevent losing any of your data on your computer, make sure to save it on another device (such as a USB or hard drive) to with you. This is taking another measure to make sure you keep all your files or work saved.

Ergonomics is the study of your working environment and the type of work you produce based on how it’s designed. It is useful to increase your work productivity and how efficiently you get your work done in a safe and healthy way, which determines how someone functions in a work place. If a work place has bad ergonomics it may lead to injuries, frustration, and lower productivity. It would be an overall bad experience and working environment.

An example of using good ergonomics is setting your chair at a height that allows you to rest your feet flat on the floor. This helps with better posture and provides lower back support. Good posture prevents you from having back pains.

To prevent straining your eyes lower the brightness so that it’s on an adequate setting and make sure your computer is at arms length. This will prevent you from getting neck pains.

Make sure you take breaks as well. Long working hours can reduce productivity and exhaust you. Taking small breaks in between long periods of time allows you to clear your mind and and become less overwhelmed. The quality of your work won’t falter this way.

As simple as this advice is, it is widely ignored among most people. Whether if it’s because they didn’t know about it, or they never got into the habit of practicing them. Teaching computer safety guidelines and ergonomics is very important nowadays due to our modernizing society and increasing use of computer technology.

References:

UNC Environment, Health & Safety

Ergonomics of the Self

Tips to Keep Your Home Computer Safe & Secure

Safety Precautions in Handling Computers

Health & Safety with Computers

Health and Safety Tips When Using Computers