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Computer Workstation Safety Online Training Course

Course Overview

Introduction to Computer Workstation Safety is an online training course that was specifically created to address OSHA’s guidelines for workers who use a computer throughout the day. Topics covered include hazards that go largely overlooked and OSHA approved strategies to prevent them including staying healthy, learning “Neutral Positions”, exercises and stretches to keep muscles healthy, computer vision syndrome, and tips for better overall health.

Learning Objectives

After successful completion of this OSHA compliant course, the student will learn:

  • That even if a computer is not heavy machinery, it can still cause many problems for workers.
  • Organization, vision, exercise, proper sleep and dieting are all ways to stay healthy at your workstation.
  • Developing healthy habits is the best way to avoid hazards.

Course Outline

  • Introduction
    • The potential dangers and chronic conditions that can cause pain for nearly one in five computer users.
    • Information on conditions like carpal tunnel, computer vision syndrome, and lower back pain.
    • The importance of organization and the hazards created by clutter.
  • Organization
    • Proper placement of materials to avoid over stretching and repetitive motions.
    • Keeping your work area clean, on the desk and under.
  • Neutral Positions
    • A review of stress-free postures.
    • How to sit properly to keep stress off of the lower back.
    • Proper keyboarding to avoid carpal tunnel and pressure on wrists.
  • Computer Vision Syndrome
    • The correct positioning of a monitor to reduce eyestrain.
    • Information on factors and side effects of CVS.
    • The proper lighting levels to keep strain off of eyes, including glare reduction.
    • A review of the importance of eye exams and how to get the most out of them for your computer usage.
  • Muscle and Joint Care
    • Proper stretches for wrists, neck, upper back, shoulders, and legs.
    • Relaxation techniques for the parts of the body most affected by computer use.
    • Healthy recommendations of exercise routines for legs and lower back.
  • Maintaining Overall Health
    • Recommendations for eating right and getting enough sleep.
    • What to avoid when you are trying to stay healthy overall.
    • The benefits of a physician’s recommendations.