What are the health and safety risks when using ICT?

Computer equipment is rarely dangerous but the way it is used can be a hazard to the health of staff, service users and volunteers. The Health and Safety at Work Act lays down legal standards for computer equipment and requires employers to take steps to minimise risks for all workers.

It is vital that trustees and managers are aware of legal responsibilities and make sure health and safety policies are up to date and properly implemented.

Most problems are completely preventable and many are temporary and can be resolved by adopting simple corrective action. You may need to adjust a seating position or change screen settings, ventilate a room properly or use a mouse when using a laptop.

For more detailed information about health and safety issues visit:

www.ictknowledgebase.org.uk/healthandsafety

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