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Project 1: Workstation Routines and Management

 

Business women rubbing her neck sitting at her laptop.

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Have you ever actually read the software licensing terms of the software you run on your computer? Have you ever scratched or damaged your CDs or DVDs, contracted a computer virus, or spilled a drink on your keyboard? Have you ever worked or played on a computer for so long that your muscles burned in your back or in your neck or felt your eyes sting from staring at the screen? Or have your hands ever cramped up or felt tingly after keyboarding, gaming, or instant messaging?

 

It’s easy to become so absorbed when working at the computer that you forget how long you have been sitting in one position, overstressing your muscles, and straining your eyes.

 

Man rubbing his hand working at his laptop.

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Working with computers can be problematic if you don't follow good routines and practices that protect both your health and your equipment. However, making good workstation routines a habit will help you minimize or prevent damage to equipment, loss of personal work, and injuries associated with using a computer and help increase your productivity, personal satisfaction, and sense of accomplishment.

 

In this project you will discover and practise appropriate workstation routines, setting personal goals for yourself to be aware and to practise ergonomic routines each time you sit at a computer.

 

What is required to complete this project?

 

To complete this project you will need the following:

  • Workstation Routines Rubric
  • Internet access
  • camera (film, digital, or cell phone) or web cam

What do I already know?

 

You may have already completed another CTS module and have learned about and have practised good workstation routines. If this is the case, now is a good time to review the Workstation Routines Rubric and set new goals for improving your workstation routines in different areas. Check with your teacher about how to proceed for this section. 

 

repetitive strain injury: overuse of the muscles through repeated movements that put stress on certain body parts, such as wrists or elbows

 

carpal tunnel syndrome: a medical condition in which the median nerve is compressed at the wrist causing pain, weakness, or numbness in the hand or wrist that can radiate up the arm

You may have seen people wear braces on their wrists for repetitive strain injury or carpal tunnel syndrome, and you probably know that people can develop injuries from poor body posture, improper keyboard and mouse techniques, and prolonged intervals in front of a computer. Think about an experience where you spent an extended amount of time doing the same task, like playing a video game or shovelling the snow. The repetitive movement of one part of your body can cause strain and discomfort.

 

What do I need to do?

  • learn about workstation ergonomics and computer safety and security
  • analyze your workstation and make necessary improvements
  • apply and practise the skills
  • self-evaluate your workstation position and routines