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Heath problems caused by IT use.

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Health Cause Prevention Eye strain * burning or itching eyes * blurring or double vision * headache * nusaer * fateigue * Use monitors which don't flicker * Have blinds at the windows so that the sun doesn't shine directly on the screen * Use suitable lights that disperse light evenly and don't shine on the screen * Use a screen filter * Keep your eyes at least 18 inches from the screen * Regularly look away from the screen and focus on something in the distance * Take regularly breaks - at least 5 minutes break every hour * Have regular eye tests and wear glasses if prescribed Many computer users suffer serious back problems. This is probably due to a poor posture or an awkward position while sitting at a computer. ...read more.

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is damage to the fingers, wrists and other parts of the body due to repeated movements over a long period of time. * aching * pain in arms/wrists even after rest * weakness * swelling * tenderness * numbness * pins and needles or burning sensation * Typing or using the mouse for long periods of time * Using too much force on your fingers when typing * Using a poorly designed keyboard * Workstation or chair is the wrong height so arms are in an unnatural position * Ensure workstation and chair are the correct height * Support wrists by using wrist rests * Keep elbows close to your sides * Five minute break from typing at least every hour Stress brought on through the use of computers is one of the major causes of work related illness. ...read more.

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- It is getting increasingly hard to separate work and home life. People can be contacted easily by their bosses or clients. E-mail, the Internet and mobile phones mean that people continue to work even after they have left the office. - The amount of information that ICT systems can produce is often far too much for anyone to take in. This results in 'information overload' and people end up feeling they can't cope and become stressed. - Workers can be monitored using ICT systems. Call centre staff are monitored to make sure that they don't spend too long on any one call. The number of products that a check-out person scans during a minute are counted. This feeling of being constantly 'watched' can be very stressful. ...read more.

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