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Workplace Hazards in Information Technology

This fact sheet is for secondary school students undertaking work experience programs, and for their host employers. It can be
used as a tool to assist with task planning, and to develop appropriate induction, training and supervision to minimise any risk to
students while they are ‘at work’.
Students must be given instruction, and must be supervised at all times. Consideration must always be given to hazards
when allocating tasks. If any risk exists, students must N! undertake the activity.
Hazard Possible Harmful
Efects
Possible Employer
Action to Prevent
Injury / Illness
Preventative
Action Students
Can Tae
Powered and non
powered tools
!lectrocution or electric shock
"uts, lacerations
Students must N! operate powered
tools
Students must N! operate
powered tools
#orking in roof
spaces $such as false
ceilings%
&alls from heights
Students must N! work at heights
where there is any risk of a fall
Students must N! work at
heights where there is any
risk of a fall
!lectrical capacitors,
electrical supply
!lectrocution or electric shock
Students must N! undertake any
task which may place them at risk
from electrical sources
Students must N!
undertake any task which
may place them at risk from
electrical sources
'angerous (oods
$e.g. natural gas%
"ontact with dangerous goods
could harm operator’s health
!xplosion could result to
physical in)ury and damage to
property and environment
♦ *ssess the work area before work
begins
♦ Provide +aterial ,afety 'ata ,heets
$+,',% for the relevant dangerous
goods
♦ 'ocument and communicate
emergency procedures
♦ -btain relevant first aid kit
♦ .now the dangerous goods
and ha/ardous substances
you could be exposed to
♦ If you are in any doubt, seek
advice before commencing a
task
Incorrectlydesigned
workstations
+usculoskeletal disorders,
including -ccupational -veruse
,yndrome $--,% 0 chronic soft
tissue in)ury
♦ *ssess workstation layout to minimise
soft tissue in)uries 0 redesign may be
re1uired
♦ *d)ust workstation to fit operator
♦ *d)ust your workstation to suit
your individual characteristics
0 seek assistance if
necessary
Poor lighting
(lare
!ye strain and irritation, fatigue,
watering eyes
♦ 2edesign poorlylit workstations
♦ Provide shades and task lamps where
practicable
♦ 2eport any concern about
your workstation lighting
+anual handling
$bending, reaching,
stretching, pulling,
lifting, repetitive
motions, awkward
posture%
+usculoskeletal disorders,
including sprains and strains
♦ ,chedule regular breaks
♦ 3se mechanical aids where practicable
♦ !ncourage team lifting where
necessary
♦ 3se mechanical aids
provided
♦ ,eek help when you think a
team lift is re1uired
,exual harassment,
work place bullying
!motional stress, fear and
anxiety, physical illness
♦ !stablish work place policy
♦ Provide staff briefings or training
♦ 2eport any concerns
immediately

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