Safety tip of the week
Employees are spending more hours staring at computer screens. Over time, without taking breaks, various ailments can occur from overuse including dry eyes, eye strain or blurred vision, headaches, even shoulder, neck and back pains from poor posture.
As more mature workers are finding that they can lengthen their careers by working in retail, employers are well advised to consider making adjustments that may become necessary as seasoned employees adjust to physical changes, including weaker eyesight.
Some ideas that can help:
Changing older computer screens to larger flat screens. This will eliminate the flicker (screen refresh rate) of tube-style monitors.
- Built-in software typically allows a user to adjust settings so that the monitor is easier to read. For Windows operating systems, this can be found in the Control Panel and will give you the ability to change contrast, brightness, text size, color and more.
- Reducing screen glare by adjusting area lighting. Consider installing an anti-glare filter on your monitor.
- To give eyes a break, use the ” 20-20-20 rule.” After 20 minutes of computer use, look at something 20 feet away for at least 20 seconds.
Though these techniques can help some maturing employees, they could apply to any employee who spends most of their time at work in front of a computer screen.
The RASI Safety Library has additional information on this topic.
For more information regarding the aging work force go here.
WRA employs Rick Means as a Safety Specialist. He’s available to members to help draw up safety plans and suggest topics for safety meetings. Contact him at 360-943-9198, Ext. 18 firstname.lastname@example.org.