Laptop Health and Safety Advice                                                                        

In ICT you will learn about the Health and Safety problems that can arise from using computers such as musculoskeletal injures to the neck, back and arms.  With the correct equipment and working styles these risks can be controlled.

There are two things that you should think about.

  1. How long are you using the laptop for at one time?
  2. Can you make adjustments to where you are using the laptop or minimise its use?

A lot of you may feel that you are comfortable working whilst sitting on your bed however this can affect you later on in your life so here is some advice that could reduce the risks associated with using a laptop.

  • Only use your laptop for a short period of time (up to an hour) unless you are using it with other peripherals such as a separate mouse, keyboard and/or laptop raiser.
  • Don't forget to take regular breaks i.e. get up and go to the kitchen to get yourself a drink.
  • Make sure you stretch reguarly (i.e. every hour) to reduce muscle strains and increase circulation.
  • Where possible try to set up your laptop like you would a normal computer. 
  • Ensure that your arms are roughly horizontal and supported when using the keyboard and keep your hands as relaxed as possible.
  • Ensure that your screen is at the correct height, so you can look at the screen without bending your neck forward excessivley.  For those of you using your laptops whilst sitting on your bed you will find that your neck may hurt after a while as you are staring down at the screen.
  • Make sure that you are using your laptop in a good location avoiding glare from the windows and light as it can strain your eyes.
  • Regularly clean your screen and ensure the screen controls are adjusted to suit you.
  • When carrying your laptop, try to minimise and ensure even distribution of the weight, using a rucksack.