Health And Safety In Computing

by Kieran Clark

Here are five main tasks that employees must carry out under health and safety legislation.

number 1: analyse work stations, assess and reduce risks.

Employees need to check that the computer equipment and the area around it are safe. if any risks are found during the assessment of the work station and surrounding area then action needs to be taken to make them safe.

number 2:make sure that work stations meet the minimum requirements.

employees need to make sure that adjustable chairs and suitable lighting are provided for employees. tilt and swivel monitors should also be provided and the workstation should have sufficient space for the keyboard, monitor and any paperwork needed by the employee.

Number 3:plan work so that there are breaks or changes of activity.

Employees should not be expected to work at a computer all day. Regular breaks should be provided or a change in activity that the employees are carrying out. However, the regulations do not say how long or how frequent the breaks should be.

Number 4:arrange and pay for eye tests and glasses (if special ones are needed).

Employees of a business, who are converted by these regulations, can ask that eye tests are arranged and paid for. The eye tests can be repeated as advised by the optician -the business will have to keep paying for these. The business will only have to pay for glasses if special ones are required.

Number 5-provide health and safety training and information.

Employers must provide training to make sure that their employees can use their computer equipment and workstations correctly. The training they provide could include how employees can use the equipment to minimise risks to their health. Employers should also provide information to their employees about health and safety when using screen equipment and the steps that have been taken to minimise the risks.