General Care of the Computer– includes dusting the systems unit and the peripherals, covering the units when not in use, keeping the table surface and work environment clean and clutter free.
Ensure acceptable standards of work:
- Organisation of work.
- Quality of assignments for submission
- Effective time management
- Follow-up procedures.
Elements of desirable habits and work attitudes:
- Individual responsibility or working without supervision.
- Meeting deadlines
- Team spirit
- Recognition of diversity
- Punctuality and regularity
- Good morning
- Personal integrity
Setting up your computer
- Read your instruction manual carefully before setting up your computer or its peripherals.
- Obey all warnings on the equipment.
- Place your equipment on a study, level desk. Ensure that your desk is four to six inches from the walls. This allows proper circulation of air and leaves space for all cables to be safely routed.
- Do not expose your computer equipment to direct sunlight, external heat or moisture.
- Use a surge protector and Uninterrupted Power Supply (UPS) unit to plug in your computer and telephone cable. This safeguards your equipment form harmful fluctuation in the power supply.
- Never overload electrical outlets.
- Position the monitor so that there is no reflection on the screen. If reflections are unavoidable, purchase an anti-glare screen.
Maintaining Your Work Environment
- Never eat or drink near the computer.
- Keep your work area free from clutter and dust.
- Use a soft brush or feather duster to dust the monitor, keyboard, systems unit and other devices.
- Wipe the monitor screen and scanner glass with a soft lint-free cloth that is moisten (slightly damp, not soaked) with a screen-cleaning liquid.
- Cover the computer and its peripherals with dust cover when the equipment will not be used for a long period.
- Ensure that no dust, moisture, fingerprints or scratches get onto the play surface of your disk and diskettes.
- Keep the document that you create on your computer well organised.
- Your computer comes with several maintenance programmes including disk backup, error checking and disk defragmenter.
- Protect your computer form harmful intrusion such as various.
Ensuring Personal Health and Safety:
- Ergonomics- is the science of designing equipment so that it is safe and easy to use. Ergonomically designed furniture and equipment reduces the risk of strain and injury. An ergonomically correct product is designed to work properly with the human body.
To ensure personal health and safety follow these guidelines:
- Use a proper designed computer with a built-in tray to hold the keyboard and mouse.
- Select a comfortable chair with adjustable height lower –back and adjustable armrest.
- Position your monitor 24-30 inches away from your eyes or an arm’s length away from your body.
- Look away for the screen and blink your eyes every few minutes to reduce the risk of eye strain.
- Take frequent breaks away from the computer.
- Report safety hazards to your teacher or boss
- Report accidents in the computer lab as soon as possible
- Cooperate to provide instructive charts for the computer lab.