Describes how information technology, in addition to bringing many benefits, can also be perceived as the source of problems in the workplace, particularly if inadequate attention is paid to the human factor aspects of its introduction and management. Describes relevant occupational safety legislation in the UK and emanating from the European Communities and sources of detailed information and guidance including government reports, books and standards specifications. Discusses specific aspects of problems, together with their palliatives under headings including: vision, noise, anthropometrics, environment, radiation, repetitive strain injury, and software usability. Includes a section on applying management forethought and planning to achieve a generally healthier IT work ambience. Concludes with a reminder that designing a system around people and not expecting people to adjust to a system is sound advice, and that establishing safe and healthy working conditions not only avoids legal problems, but is also sound management.
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