The Computer User's Survival Guide: Staying Healthy in a High Tech World [NOOK Book]

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You probably suspect, on some level, that computers might be hazardous to your health. You might vaguely remember a study that you read years ago about miscarriages being more frequent for data entry operators. Or you might have run into a co-worker wearing splints and talking ominously about Workers' Comp insurance. Or you might notice that when you use a computer too long, you get stiff and your eyes get dry.But who wants to worry about such things? Surely, the people wearing splints must be malingerers who ...

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Overview

You probably suspect, on some level, that computers might be hazardous to your health. You might vaguely remember a study that you read years ago about miscarriages being more frequent for data entry operators. Or you might have run into a co-worker wearing splints and talking ominously about Workers' Comp insurance. Or you might notice that when you use a computer too long, you get stiff and your eyes get dry.But who wants to worry about such things? Surely, the people wearing splints must be malingerers who don't want to work? Surely, the people who design keyboards and terminals must be working to change their products if they are unsafe? Surely, so long as you're a good worker and keep your mind on your job, nothing bad will happen to you?The bad news is: You can be hurt by working at a computer. The good news is that many of the same factors that pose a risk to you are within your own control. You can take action on your own to promote your own health -- whether or not your terminal manufacturer, keyboard designer, medical provider, safety trainer, and boss are working diligently to protect you.The Computer User's Survival Guide looks squarely at all the factors that affect your health on the job, including positioning, equipment, work habits, lighting, stress, radiation, and general health.Through this guide you will learn:

  • a continuum of neutral postures that you can at utilize at different work tasks
  • how radiation drops off with distance and what electrical equipment is responsible for most exposure
  • how modern office lighting is better suited to working on paper than on a screen, and what you can do to prevent glare
  • simple breathing techniques and stretches to keep your body well oxygenated and relaxed, even when you sit all day
  • how reading from a screen puts unique strains on your eyes and what kind of vision breaks will keep you most productive and rested
  • what's going on "under the skin" when your hands and arms spend much of the day mousing and typing, and how you can apply that knowledge to prevent overuse injuries
  • The Computer User's Survival Guide is not a book of gloom and doom. It is a guide to protecting yourself against health risks from your computer, while boosting your effectiveness and your enjoyment of work.

The Computer User's Survival Guide looks squarely at all the factors that affect your health on the job, including positioning, equipment, work habits, lighting, stress, radiation, and general health. It provides practical, positive steps that can be taken to alleviate health risks and improve working conditions.

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A guide to healthy computing incorporating a holistic approach to computer users' interrelated health problems. Reviews factors affecting computer users' health including positioning, equipment, work habits, lighting, and radiation, and offers solutions for computer related ailments such as repetitive strain injury, eyestrain, and stress. Reveals the latest research on the dangers of fluorescent lighting and radiation from computers, and offers listings of resources on government and legal services, electromagnetic sensitivity, and EMF emissions. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781449399672
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 10/1/1995
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 296
  • File size: 5 MB

Table of Contents

Preface
1 Where Do You Begin? 3
2 Get Comfortable 11
3 Customize Your Work Area 27
4 Be Aware of Your Body 39
5 Breathe 47
6 Take Care of Yourself 51
7 RSI Is Real 63
8 The Nature of the Beast 69
9 Your Tools Make a Difference 87
10 Good Hand Technique Reduces Your Risk 95
11 Treating the Injury 105
12 The Recovery Process 113
13 Eyestrain Is Common 127
14 Take Care of Your Eyes 139
15 Create a Visually Comfortable Environment 153
16 Work in the Right Light 163
17 Are You Stressed? 183
18 Breaking the Internal Cycle 195
19 The Radiation Question 207
20 Health Risks We Wonder About 219
21 Protect Yourself 227
App. A: Equipment Selection Guide 239
App. B: Resources 247
Notes 255
Suggested Reading 263
Index 269
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