Computer Room Safety Precautions

There are safety rules in computer rooms at the office that need to be addressed. They are not potentially hazardous as a construction site but health problems can occur with the overuse of a computer. Hazards might be presented without most people being aware. There are some actions to take to reduce the possible risk of injury.

Wires are a requirement for any computer room manager to take into consideration. There are a multitude of wires required to operate computers, printers and so forth. Wires should be kept as much as possible out of foot paths or anywhere people might get caught up in wires in some form. Most wires can be bundled together behind computers. If wires must stretch across the floor, there are rubber mats that can be purchased where the wires are put underneath, and the gradual rise in the mats are less likely to trip someone.

All electrical usage must conform to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, or OSHA, rules for electricity usage. This would require that no more plugs can be in a socket than it can withstand without causing shortages or fire. Ask an electrician how much you can plug into your wall sockets. It is a good idea to unplug all equipment at the end of the day, as this eliminated the possibility of electrical surges while people are not in the office.

One of the most common problems in an office environment is health related injuries due to overwork and stress. Employers are encouraged to allow employees to take time away from the computer.  Just five to 10 minutes of rest about every hour of work is enough. Employers can also purchase equipment that makes usage of a keyboard and mouse much easier. Employees should also rest their eyes after looking at computer screens for long periods of time.

According to Princeton University it’s best to position a keyboard so that the forearm and wrist are level with the keyboard. Avoid having to reach up or down to use the keyboard. Use a padded wrist rest to relieve strain from your wrists and forearms.

Place the mouse at the same level as the keyboard, and use a small ergonomic pad to place your wrist on while using the mouse.

Place your monitor far enough away from your eyes so that you can see it without straining. Prevent glare on the screen by either eliminating the light source from behind the monitor or by installing a glare screen over your monitor.

Set your computer up so that a password is required to get out of the screen saver mode. This will prevent anyone from looking at your computer information when you are away from your desk for an extended period of time.

At least twice an hour stand up and stretch your back, forearms and wrists to prevent chronic problems in the future. Also, rest your eyes from the computer screen occasionally by looking away from the monitor or by closing your eyes for a moment.

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