Health and safety procedures

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On this page, you'll find procedures around:

  • ​​​​​​​Safety clothing and equipment
  • Machinery
  • Ladders
  • Electrical appliances and power leads
  • ​​Computer comfort and safety​

​​If you have any questions, email the Health and Safety team.

​Safety clothing and equipment

​Safety equipment and clothing can protect you from hazards. You must wear safety items if you're instructed to. Make sure items fit you properly such as ear muffs, safety glasses, high-visibility vests, and appropriate footwear. You'ill be asked to leave an area if you're not wearing the required safety items.

​Machinery

Do not operate any machinery unless you have been instructed, shown and authorised to. ​You should:

  • ​​​​Never use machinery that's being cleaned or is under maintenance
  • Stop using machinery that isn't working properly and immediately tell your lecturer or technician
  • Remove loose clothing and jewellery and tie long hair back
  • Make sure any machine safety guards and devices work properly before using the machinery - if they're missing or damaged, don't use the machine.

​​​Ladders

​Before using a ladder, make sure it's in good working condition. You should be trained to use a ladder safely and authorised by your lecturer or technician to use one.

Make sure you:​​​

  • ​​Place it on level and firm ground
  • Wear sensible soled footwear
  • Do not block doorways
  • Do not stand on the top rung of a stepladder - stay two steps down
  • Move the ladder instead of over-reaching
  • Use the safety catch of locking bar
  • Have someone to help you keep the ladder steady at the base.

​​Electrical appliances and power leads

If you notice or cause any damage to electrical appliances, you should report it immediately to your lecturer or a technician. Don't use the appliance. Make sure power leads don't cause a tripping hazards.

​​​​​​​Computer comfort and safety

​​​​You can take steps to prevent discomfort and pain caused by using a computer:

  • ​​​​​Set up your workstation correctly - have a look at: 
  • Use good lighting
  • Work at a comfortable temperature - optimum comfort for sedentary work is between 20 to 26 degrees Celsius.
  • Take a micro pause - a 10-15 second break every 10 minutes during concentrated work helps you relax. Relax your shoulders and drop your arms by your side and breathe in and out deeply. Stand up, sit less and move more.
  • Stretch and exercise frequently: Download recommended stret​ching exercises
  • Look away from the screen frequently - apply the 20/20/20 rule. Look away more than 20 metres if possible, for 20 seconds or more, every 20 minutes. Stand up to do this.
  • Use laptops properly - when using a laptop, connect it to a normal keyboard, mouse and monitor where possible. Try putting it on an adjustable stand so you can see the screen at eye level. Using a laptop by itself for long periods can cause serious discomfort due to awkward posture you use.
  • Fitness or Swiss ball use - if you use a fitness or Swiss ball for sitting on while using a computer, use it for no more than 50% of the time.
  • Be wary of ergonomic products - "ergonomically designed" equipment should be set up for the person using it. One size does not fit all.
  • Try using your mouse on the left - because of the number pad, keyboards are not made symmetrically and over-reaching your right hand can cause straining to the neck, shoulder and arm.

How to change your mouse to the left

​​You can change your computer settings by:

  1. ​​​​​​Go to the Start menu
  2. Click settings
  3. Click Control Panel
  4. Click Mouse
  5. Click the check box that says "Switch Primary and Secondary Buttons" or the box that allows left you to use the left mouse.
  6. Click Apply

​Now place the mouse on the left and centre your bellybutton at the "B" button on the keyboard.

  • Be patient as you learn. Your speed and accuracy will improve with time and it's worth it to reduce your risk of injury.
  • Some discomfort on the left is normal and will reduce as you get used to the movement. Try not to tense you arm, lift your shoulder or over-clutch the mouse.

Contact us

AUT Security
0800 AUT SAFE (288 7233)

AUT Facilities Management Help Desk
+64 9 921 9999 ext 7777
transport@aut.ac.​nz​

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