Whether you blog for work or pleasure, or both, you might spend hours on end at your computer. This means itâs really important that youâve well versed in some basic safety information. After all, while racking up the words on screen may not seem like a particularly risky activity, there are certain dangers to avoid. For example, computer work is associated with neck, shoulder, back and arm pain, as well as fatigue and eyestrain.
Here are five top tips to help you stay safe while blogging.
1) A good setup
Firstly, itâs really important to set your workstation up properly. Ideally, your forearms should be approximately horizontal and your eyes should be at the same height as the top of the screen. Also, make sure thereâs enough space under your desk for your legs to move and avoid using seating that places excessive pressure on the backs of your legs and knees.
In addition, itâs a good idea to have space in front of your keyboard where you can rest your hands and wrists when youâre not writing. Your mouse should be positioned within easy reach so you can use it with a straight wrist and, while controlling your mouse, support your forearm on your desk.
2) Take regular breaks
If youâre writing against the clock and are under pressure to meet deadlines, it can be tough to take breaks. However, itâs recommended that you make room for frequent short breaks to rest your eyes. Ideally, you should get away from your screen for around five to ten minutes every hour.
3) Extra precautions for portable devices
Laptops and tablets can be really convenient. However, they come with certain added risks. For example, larger laptops can be cumbersome and heavy to carry around. If you do have to shift this equipment, make sure you follow manual handling guidance.
Also, where possible, use a suitable workstation complete with desk rather than your knee or a coffee table.
4) Beware electrocutions
Like all electrical equipment, computers are associated with a risk of electrocution. To minimise the chances that youâll suffer a shock, carry out regular visual checks of your equipment. You will need to take action to repair or replace it if you see evidence of damage to plugs or connectors, or if the cabling is not properly secure. Burn marks or stains are also cause for action.
Any repairs should be carried out by people with the necessary skills, experience and knowledge. If youâre in any doubt, get a professional to check your computer over.
Keep your workstation clean
Even if your computer looks spic and span, bear in mind it is probably harbouring plenty of bacteria. If you donât make an effort to keep it clean, you run the risk of contracting potentially nasty infections.
As a general rule, try not to eat over your computer as youâre bound to create crumbs. Also, from time to time you may benefit from disconnecting your keyboard and turning it upside down over a bin so that any unwanted additions fall out. You can also spray antibacterial cleaning products onto a cloth and then wipe this over your keyboard. Make sure you donât get your keys too wet though.
Given the risks to health associated with computers and other types of display screen equipment, itâs important to take the issue of safety seriously. If you think your knowledge on the topic could be improved, itâs worth investigating the Display Screen Equipment/Computer Safety courses offered by RD Health & Safety.
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