Safety TutorialforComputer Technicians Cheryl Connolly B. Ramer Tech BOCES
Appropriate Clothing Tools & Equipment Used on the Job Chemical Hazards & Your Right to Know Fire Safety Ergonomics Drug’s in the Work Place Prevention of Back Injuries Reporting Injuries Safety Training Tasks for Computer Techs
Pre-TestTrue/False • To avoid injury on the job, you must understand and recognize hazards • Electrocution has been a leading cause of work-related injury among 16 & 17 yr olds • It doesn’t matter what kind of clothing or jewelry you wear while working on computers. • Always remember to lift from the waist when you are moving heavy computer equipment • All employers with hazardous chemicals at the workplace must provide an MSDS.
Appropriate Clothes • Ask your supervisor prior to beginning your internship if there is a dress code and then adhere to it. • Loose flowing styles should be avoided • Rubber sole shoes should be warn • Avoid wearing jewelry—rings, watches, or necklaces –while working on computer hardware
Safety Equipment & Tools • Wear Safety Goggles while working on equipment • Make certain computer parts are placed on anti-static material • Make certain all equipment is grounded
Tools Used on the Job • Always use the right tool because using the wrong tool is dangerous • When you finish a project, make certain you store all tools in the proper storage provided • Leave your workstation the way you found it (Neat & Clean)
Chemical Hazards & Your Right To Know • Before using any chemicals on the job • Find out what it is • Find out what it can do • Find out how you can protect yourself from harm • Did you know that employers must provide you with this information? • Ask for an MSDS on the chemical
Electrical Safety • Do not overload electrical outlets • If a circuit blows, there is a PROBLEM—tell your supervisor • Keep cords out of walkways • Use proper voltage in equipment • Don’t expose computer software disks to electromagnetic fields
Floors, Doors, Exits • Make certain floors are not cluttered with computer parts etc. blocking exits • Check out all exits and emergency evacuation routes prior to employment • Make certain fire doors are closed upon existing
Fire Safety • Know locations of all fire emergency pulls • Be familiar with all fire exits • Know location of all fire extinguishers • Know which fire extinguisher is used for which type of fire & use only if you have been trained in doing so • Evacuate immediately if fire alarm sounds
Visual Problems- Eyestrain, Irritation, Headaches due to: Poor Lighting Poor screen resolution and/or positioning Copy material that is difficult to read Fatigue Adjust Display Screen Adjust Chair Adjust Mouse/Keyboard Take frequent rest pauses Musculoskeletal Problems - Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, Tendonitis Use adjustable keyboard Use mouse pad with rest to maintain straight wrist while typing Radiation Concerns Increase distance between operator and workstations Issue is still being researched and studied-- not conclusive Ergonomic HazardsWorking with Computers
A Poorly constructed chair can cause Back pain Poor performance Things to look for Adjustable chair height Armrests Backrest w/lumbar support Size & Shape of Seat Pan Design Improper Lifting can cause back injury so Lift with a straight back using your legs for strength and keeping your head up and looking straight ahead Do not twist your body Did you know…Work for adolescents should not require them to lift objects weighing greater than 30 pounds or for more than 2 hours continuously Ergonomic HazardsBack Problems
Find out the facts on the effects of alcohol and drug use Ask your employer if your worksite has a drug-free program Speak up if you suspect someone at work is using. Drinking, Drugs, and Work Don’t Mix
HOW and to WHOM DO YOU REPORT AN INJURY • Report all injuries to your supervisor no matter how minor you think it is—ex. Paper cut • Complete all necessary paperwork • Injuries must be reported immediately so that paperwork and necessary compensation may proceed • Report all unsafe working conditions to your supervisor verbally and in writing
Post Test 10 True/False Questions • To avoid injury on the job, you must understand and recognize hazards • Electrocution has been a leading cause of work-related injury among 16 & 17 yr olds • When working with electricity, one can wear all the jewelry they want. • Lift from the waist when you are moving computer equipment • All employers with hazardous chemicals at the workplace must provide an MSDS.
Post Test Continued 10 True/False Questions • Immediately report any work related accidents, no matter how minor, to your teacher. • Working daily with computers may cause adverse health effects. • Poorly constructed chairs may cause back pain and poor performance. • Anyone can use a fire extinguisher without training. • If you report unsafe conditions at work, your employer can fire you.
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Safety Web Resources • www.osha.gov/SLTC/teenworkers/ OSHA Teen Safety Page • www.cdc.gov/niosh/adolespg.html National Institute of Safety – Teen Page • www.safeteen.org Safe Teen – Maine • www.worksafebc.com/ Work Safe Online