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Poll: Which of the following workplace health risks are you most concerned about?

IT professionals face a variety of workplace heal risks. We must frequently negotiate tight spaces, lift and carry heavy equipment, work with electricity or other harmful materials, and protect ourselves from sick users. Which IT health risk most concerns you?

In a recent IT Dojo video, I share common-sense tips IT pros should use every day to stay healthy at work. But, the issues I discuss in the video aren't' the only health risks for IT workers -- after all, we frequently have to negotiate tight spaces, lift and carry heavy equipment, and work with electricity or other harmful materials.

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13 comments
allanelliott
allanelliott

You forgot about the mental health issues that can occur in a high-stress environment.

Oz_Media
Oz_Media

Th only thing I can think of is the risk of jail for walking in and taking out all these pricks one day. :D

Forum Surfer
Forum Surfer

It's usually the people in meetings that do most of the talking and never really accomplish anything or for that matter let anything slip from their mouth except for stupidity or hot air. A couple of quotes come to mind: "It's better to be thought a fool than to open your mouth and prove it." "Light travels faster than sound, which is why some people look bright before they speak." Yeah, it has been one of those days...

Spitfire_Sysop
Spitfire_Sysop

Take some initiative! You can do all sorts of stuff to avoid the problems that come with "sedentary" work environs. At my work place I lift heavy objects while my machines are running. You you guys just watch progress bars? Do some push-ups when no one is looking. Try desk dips. (What you really need is situps to get rid of that gut) I do trail running on the weekends. You should play so hard that sitting in your chair at work is your relaxation.

Forum Surfer
Forum Surfer

I've heard it rubs off after repeated exposure or that it can be absorbed through osmosis. :) Seriously, my biggest fear is sedentary work place environment effects.

deira
deira

By not eating healthy and getting enough vitamines and nutritions into our body makes us weak and sich and not able to do our work properly. The pressure to finish the job often leads to malnutrition. Take a time out to power up your body. Be safe. Andr?

mkb091d
mkb091d

Eye strain and Headaches.

jim.thomson
jim.thomson

Back problems caused by non-ergonomic chairs and non-adjustable work surfaces.

boxfiddler
boxfiddler

I work in a computer lab. People cough and hack and sneeze all over the equipment day after day, hour after hour. Ewww...

Tom
Tom

The old fluro light doesn't give you much of a chance for vitamin D production, lol

C_Zakalwe
C_Zakalwe

These days I'm supporting end users in a Windows environment, so my hands move around enough I no longer worry about RSI. I used to work for a Large Left-coast National Laboratory (belonging to the DoE) where I spent a lot more time on the command line. The Lab employed a LOT of computer scientists, who spent pretty much all day with their fingers on the home row. Lab management did the math, and they were willing to invest serious coin in preventing RSI - we had ergo keyboards (from the "Wave" up to the serious models from Kinesis), Aeron chairs for thousands of employees, even the nifty power-lift desks so you could work standing or sitting. Having met a few RSI sufferers, I would pay for those myself if I thought I was in danger of injury, but I'm personaly much more likely to fatten up due to sitting around all day. Huzzah for the IT life! At least with the weather getting better I can start riding my bike to work again.

jack8beans2
jack8beans2

Yeppers - I think the thing that frightens me most is my back side starting to take the shape of my task chair - YIKES!!

Forum Surfer
Forum Surfer

Hence the reason I spent the last few months in the gym when ever possible. Now my doctor is telling me to slow my routine down because I could risk kidney damage. Just when I was through hitting my target weight and starting to bulk up after shedding the fat.

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