Health Risks, Current Legis ( Team, 2013 ) Lation And Critical Comparison Essay

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• Health Risks, current legis (team, 2013)lation and critical comparison Essay
• There are many positive outcomes to working with computers on a daily basis. Having access to a huge array of resources with a click of a button (World Wide Web), being able to conveniently store large amounts of data in digital form and using a machine that can process millions of things per second are just a few of these benefits. However, these positives can come at a price. As technology has improved and become more accessible, so has our reliance of it. More people own a personal computer now than ever before. A study conducted in America (Acute Computer-Related Injuries Treated in U.S. Emergency Departments, 1994-2006) showed that computer related
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• This increased use of computers, at home and within the workplace, combined with the amount of injuries that can be sustained has prompted the government to issue new legislation’s to accommodate the risks associated with them. While these new legislation’s serve as a requirement in a work environment they are only a recommendation at home. The Health and Safety at Work Act 1974, which states the general regulations and responsibilities that can be applied across a wide variety of industries, has had a separate piece of legislation added to it to encompass the risks associated with computers and other forms of displays; The Health and safety (display screen equipment) regulations 1992. This was put into place to outline the dangers to, and requirements of both the employer and the employee, ensuring they maintain proper safety whilst partaking in the use of computers in the workplace. The responsibilities’ of the employer include a thorough risk assessment of the workstation, the provision of eye tests and training in regards of the risks to health whilst using the equipment and how to combat them, while the employee must co-operate with the employer, take responsibility for their own safety and those of others, and to use the equipment of its intended use. The legislation also refers to the type of equipment that is provided, primarily requiring them to be fit for purpose and adjustable.
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