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Health and Safety with ICT.

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Introduction In today's modern society ICT plays an important role in the world in which we live. It has become so vast that almost 95% of business use ICT, therefore ensuring not only the use of ICT is efficient but also to ensure the safety of our human well being. Technology in schools is also becoming vaster, ICT plays a huge role in the schools education facilities for only teaching pupils but organising the school's system. This is where I will address this leaflet too, in a more complex and detailed analysis. We will discuss the health and safety aspects of the use of ICT in schools, from not only the children's point of view but also the teacher's. Teachers and students are not specifically mentioned under any health and safety regulations or E.U. legislation with regard to information and communications technology (ICT). However the regulations should be generally interpreted to include teachers who use computers in their work. Thus there are certain issues that those in education should be aware of to minimise risk and to promote the safe use of ICT. The use of ICT equipment has caused concerns over the last few years with regard to several health and safety issues. ...read more.

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Wherever possible, switch off equipment when not in use. * Printing - dot matrix printers make a great deal of noise when printing. * Headphones and speakers - need to be adjusted so that the volume is not too loud. A child's ears are more sensitive than an adult's Space * * Adequate access - ensure adequate access to the workstation, that gangways remain clear when the computer is in use and that emergency exits are always clear. * Positioning - give thought to the positioning of the workstation. Where possible position not too near a radiator where users will be uncomfortable, nor in a corner where users will be squashed or unable to access the keyboard or see the screen clearly. * Wheelchair access - ensure there is adequate access and that a variable-height workstation is available if required * Desk space - there should be sufficient deskspace at the workstation to allow for peripherals, books, papers and other materials. Comfort * * Breaks - users should take frequent short breaks from intense computer work * Desk height - ensure that the working desk height is appropriate to the height/size of the user. * Positioning - users should be comfortably positioned with easy access to all equipment and should be able to adjust position in relation to the equipment as appropriate. ...read more.

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Anything that creates awkward reaches or angles in the body will create problems. However maintaining the correct posture all the time may result in problems if it is held rigidly for long periods of time. Try and relax, move and shift positions frequently. This isn't just about your hands and arms, either: the use or misuse of your shoulders, back and neck may be even more important than what's happening down at your wrists. A common RSI injury; When you go to type on a keyboard you won't have noticed the amount of strain you put upon your wrists/hands. While you are typing your wrists should not rest on anything, and should not be bent up, down, or to the side. Ahh! This is the wrong thing to do! This is a common example of how RSI in the wrists/hands comes about. That's better! The correct way to use a keyboard without the fear of RSI. So there you have it! A break down of all the health and safety aspects required in a classroom environment. Just remember the consequences of RSI when using a computer, not only pupils but teachers too. RSI is an extremely important issue to contemplate and must be concerned. I hope you have found this leaflet useful and now understand the issues at hand. Remember the issues and prevent them from happening by following this leaflet. ...read more.

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