Today, changes in technology, changes in the way we perform work, and where and how we work are occurring at a rapid pace. Nowhere is the change more evident than in the use of computers.
This new technology has brought on new demands for information as well as new and more sophisticated computing systems. Today, almost every one of us interacts with computers on a daily basis to create new things and ideas, to produce documents, to correspond with friends and associates, and to retrieve information. Along with the expanding use of this technology have come reports about adverse health changes for computer users.
Here we will examine the factors that may impact your health and performance while using a computer.
Whether you use a desktop computer in an office or a portable computer in an alternative setting, you make choices that can either improve or decrease your performance and comfort. By thoughtfully reviewing the layout of your workplace and your equipment, we are often able to identify what is wrong and begin to develop improvements to make computer use more rewarding and less physically demanding. When you look at a work environment, especially your own work place, ask yourself the question, "Would you do it this way?" After reviewing your work area, can you honestly say that this is the:
- most functional,
- safest, and
- logical way to set up the area?
Or, do certain tasks or pieces of furniture and equipment stand out as awkward, difficult, even painful to use? Use your common sense to eliminate the barriers to performance that you find. Also, in this website we will examine many possible solutions to common challenges in work area setup. Health and safety issues associated with computer use exist in many degrees. In some cases, the design of the equipment or procedures present you with a nuisance. In other situations, the work area design may cause discomfort or short term pain. A well designed work area is only part of the solution. You must also contribute by using proper work habits and techniques. In the worst case, poor workplace design and /or improper use may contribute to injuries.