ComputersIf your workstation is not designed well you can tire yourself, hurt yourself, or can result in debilitating physical ailments. The worst computer-related problems like carpal tunnel syndrome and tendonitis can cause pain in the hands and arms. This Page tells about how to be safe with computers. Monitors: Preventing Eyestrain and Fatigue Make sure lighting is indirect. Make sure the computer is at a right angle so the light doesnt go into your eyes or from the back.
Control artificial light. Standard office lighting is too bright. To decrease lighting you can buy parabolic louvers. If you have to have overhead lighting arrange your workstation so that your computer is in between the overhead lights. If fluorescent lights are too bright remove every other tube.
Avoid Glare. Buy a monitor with a tilt-and-swivel base so you can turn it away from glare. Glare screens can be of good help. There are three different kind of glare screens, mesh, plastic or glass. Mesh is the least expensive. Experiment with different kinds from companies such as ACCO, I-Protect, NoRad, Kantek, and OCLI.
Stay out of the rays. Make sure you are not surrounded by monitors. Rays weaken with distance so keep your torso at least two feet from the monitor.
Buy A specialized screen. Many glare screens partially block the electromagnetic fields emitted by your monitor. These are not as effective as a MPR II monitor.
Look away from your PC often. Look away from the screen into the distance is recommended. Blink frequently to moisten your eyes. To relax close your eyes and cover them with your palms.
Buy an antistatic clean or screen. They help repel dust, which can irritate your eyes.
Keyboards protecting your hands and arms.
Adjust your keyboard to fit your body. Your wrists should always be straight. Most keyboards can adjust. Wrist rests can help your wrists relax. Resting your wrists and bending your hands upward can result in pressure or bending that can cause RSI's.
Rest to avoid injury. Most doctors recommend a break every day or if you use a keyboard intensively take a break every 45 minutes. Take advantage of when the computer is loading a program or recalculating a spreadsheet.
Get a headset. Keep your body aligned right by using a headset instead of using a phone. If you're typing while you are speaking on the phone, get a speakerphone or a headset so you don't squeeze the receiver between your head and shoulder.
Workstations: Saving Your Back and Neck
Position your monitor. Make sure the top of the monitor is at eye level. Or it can be lower to maintain a straight back and neck. If the monitor is too low raise it with a prop such as a book or a stand.
Position your keyboard. Position your board so that your wrists are straight. When accesing faraway keys move your entire hand other than twisting your wrists. You should keep commonly used accessories within reach.
Compensate for older desks. Older desks are usually too high for computing. If you can't buy a new desk, try raising your seat or get a keyboard drawer. A footrest can take pressure off the knees and back.
Support your back. The best chairs for computing have adjustable backrests with a lot of support for your lower back. If your chair doesn't have enough support but a seat cushion.
Move the chair instead of your body. If your chair swivels turn your chair and not your body to reach things. Five legged chairs are recommended for more stability.
That is the safety guide and try to follow it to protect yourself.
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