Offices Should Encourage People Take Breaks from Their Computers

Offices Should Encourage People Take Breaks from Their Computers

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Using a Computer Safely

Using a computer safely will prevent individuals from many possible injuries. Not everyone knows exactly how responsible employers are when it comes to breaks, eye tests, etc. What is it that employees should do if they think they are feeling the strains that come from bad sitting or from using the computer for long periods of time?

Where would an employee get help? What are the health and safety responsibilities for both the employer and employee? It is important to address these types of questions so employees know where they stand when it comes to using computers safely at the workplace.

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What Should Employees Do?

There’s no doubt that nowadays almost everyone uses computers within the modern office environment. The computer has become in its own right one of the most important devices when it comes to the office workplace. Not everyone will suffer the consequences from using a computer all day long, but nevertheless it is important that everyone is aware of what measures to take in order to ensure a good health as well as good habits.

Examples of injuries include back strains, neckache, general stress and hand strains from excessive mouse-clicking. These could be avoided if individuals learn when to take breaks, for example.

What Your Employer is Responsible For

These are the things your employer is responsible for under health and safety regulations:

  • Look at VDU workstations and assess and reduce any risks there might be
  • Make sure that workstations meet safety requirements
  • Plan work so there are breaks or changes in the type of work done
  • Arrange for an eye test if you need one
  • Provide health and safety training and information

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Taking Breaks

When it comes to taking breaks you don’t necessarily have to rest per se, you can just do something different - the idea is to rest from being in front of the computer. It might be a good idea to actually take shorter breaks often instead of long breaks less often. NiDirect Government Services says that taking 5 to 10 minute breaks after 50 to 60 minutes of continuous screen time and/or keyboard use would likely be better than if you took a 15 minute break every couple of hours. Now, that’s something to take into consideration.

Also take into account that if your particular job demands for you to spend longer times in front of your computer then also longer breaks should be taken. 

Sitting comfortably is very important as well as keeping a good posture. Here’s a fantastic article female personal trainer Justina Triasovaite wrote around this topic.

Other Measures to Take into Consideration

If you feel your eyes are getting tired from looking at the computer for long periods of time you can ask your employer information about your right to a free eyesight test.

We hope the information above has helped you. Remember that the onsite massage is a great preventive measure when it comes to wellbeing at the office.


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