Ba113 Essay

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BA 113 Use occupational and safety guidelines when using keyboards Outcome 1 Understand the purpose of occupational health and safety procedures when using keyboards and workstation care and maintenance 1. Explain the purpose of following occupational health and safety guidelines for using keyboards Sitting at the computer Your feet should not be dangling, but flat on the floor. If this is not possible, a footrest is recommended. Your knees should be slightly higher than your hips. A chair with lumbar support is the optimum arrangement, if this is not available, back cushions can be obtained - even a rolled up towel can offer some support. Your back should be firmly supported by the back rest. Adjust the seat so that you can fit 3 fingers between the front of your seat and the back of your legs When extending your arms to the keyboard, your wrists should be parallel with your elbow, this minimizes strain on the muscles of your arm. The top of your monitor should be level with your eyes, or just slightly below eye level. The monitor should be approximately 50 - 70cm (19" - 27") from your eyes. Rest your wrists and hands when you are not typing, don't keep them in a typing position while reviewing work etc. Use document holders where possible. These should be placed at the same height beside the monitor and the same distance away as the monitor. It is recommended by many health professionals that a mini-break should be taken every 30 minutes for one or two minutes. During this mini-break you should try to focus your eyes on a distant object and carry out gentle stretching exercises. This could be as simple as getting out of your chair and walking a short distance and stretching your neck and arms. Typist's chairs A good looking chair isn't necessarily the best choice. If possible, your new chair should be fully adjustable i.e., controls for

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