The Hazards of Display Screen Equipment Usage

The Hazards of Display Screen Equipment Usage

Display Screen Equipment are devices or equipment that has a graphical screen display and it allows users to navigate the functions of the device, these type of technology serves a purpose to help industrial or personal lives.

For sure we are very familiar with these Display Screen Equipment for they are quite common and can be seen everywhere and anywhere in our everyday lives it can range from handheld devices to the more bulky yet powerful personal computers/laptops and even stationary DSE that are engineered fore specific purposes.

But just like everything else these things while convenient as they are improper usage and overexposure may cause harm towards those who are using them.

For example for the industry workers who are regularly using Display Screen Equipment for work then can possibly experience a wide range of different physical and psychological health problems including temporary myopia, eyestrain, blurred vision, headaches, mental stress, musculoskeletal problems including RSI, and reproductive hazards.

Here are the most commonly caused DSE-related health issues:

  • Repetitive strain injuries (RSI)Repetitive strain injuries are a major problem for users of display screen equipment. RSI is the collective name used to describe a range of muscle and tendon conditions of the neck, shoulders, elbows, wrists, hands and fingers caused by continuous, repetitive or pressurised finger, hand or arm movements such as typing.
  • Stress is very common to any kind of work-related matters and even personal matters cause this, many DSE workers complain about suffering from very high levels of stress, and mental as well as physical fatigue, when they are involved in work on DSE.
  • Eyesight problems these are the most commonly heard problems caused by extensive usage of DSE, for the use of DSE is very visually demanding and has a lot of stress that it does to the eyes of the user. Though there are no clear evidence that DSE may cause permanent eye damage for certain some of the visual fatigue that the eyes experience from DSE can lead to eye related complications.
  • Reproductive hazards while they are not quite common, there has been cases of reproductive defectiveness and birth-related problems related to exposure of  electromagnetic radiation that DSE emits,

Common Hazardous Substances in a Workplace

Common Hazardous Substances in a Workplace

For some workplaces, it is unavoidable for workers that the environment contains dangerous or hazardous substances that may bring harm to them if not careful or worse death.

Hazardous substances may be harmful however a lot of workplaces whether it’d be Agriculture, industry, medical etc commonly uses hazardous substances for work applications.

The most common hazardous substances that can be found at work or even at home are :

  • Acids
  • Caustic substances
  • Disinfectants
  • Glues
  • Heavy metals, including mercury, lead, cadmium and aluminium
  • Paint
  • Pesticides
  • Petroleum products
  • Solvents.
  • Grease
  • Dust or fumes

And many other hazardous materials that may be found at workplaces.

There are many different means in which these hazardous substances will bring harm towards employees.

This are the common means of harmful workplace substances causing problems for the empoyees:

  • Skin Exposure to harmful substances
  • Inhaling Chemical fumes
  • Prolonged exposure to harmful substances
  • Intake of harmful subtances or the substances injected in the bloodstream.

There are different means and different amount of risk that it bring. However all are risky and could be avoided if necessary.

The common side effects of being exposed to harmful work substances may vary. Depends on the duration of exposure and how concentrated the amount of harmful substance the employee is exposed too.

The following are the common harmful side effects that workers experience with improper overexposure of harmful workplace substances:

  • Poisoning
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Headache
  • Skin rashes, such as dermatitis
  • Chemical burns
  • Birth defects
  • Disorders of the lung, kidney or liver
  • Nervous system disorders.

It is essential that employers and employee alike are aware of the risks and what the risks are upon exposure of this certain harmful substances can do. Though unavoidable to work around this substances especially considering that most of them are vital for some of the application in the workplace there is always ways to minimize the risks of it.

Outside proper equipment and training for employees, turning the workplace environment into properly designed to lessen the risks of exposure may also help, monitoring employees health and even as simple as making signs/labels as a warning for possible exposure of harmful substance in the workplace also helps a lot.