There are many ways in which employers and employees can prevent repetitive strain injuries at work. One of the ways of preventing employee repetitive strain injury, and other occupational conditions, is implementation of a regular break regime.
SmartBreak software is an outstanding tool that enables employers to successfully implement such a regime in a streamlined, effective manner.
SmartBreak software basics
This revolutionary ergonomics software not only reminds employees to take breaks, but, unlike similar software that often simply reminds workers to have breaks at fixed intervals, actually monitors how time on a PC is spent and then prompts rest periods at the most convenient times.
This highly efficient utilisation of break time actually enables employees to spend more time on their computer without risking the onset of Computer Vision Syndrome, a work induced condition causing eye strain, dry eyes and/or deterioration of eyesight, or a repetitive strain injury.
Flexibility and control
The software not only suggests breaks, but can also enforce them by dimming, hiding or locking the screen. In addition, users can:
- Set the duration of work and break periods
- Disallow or allow cancellation of breaks
- Play background music during breaks
- Set up screen lock passwords to prevent unauthorised personnel tampering with settings
Another great feature of this excellent tool is the ‘micro pause reminders’ feature. This handy feature helps prevent work-induced eye problems by sending, at fixed intervals, messages to the user to remind them to look away from the screen.
SmartBreak is not free, but considering the cost of occupational illnesses and accidents at work to employers, including loss of revenue through days lost at work and possible cost of work injury claims, as well as employee loss of earnings, pain, suffering and medical bills, it is well worth the investment.
If an employer does nothing to prevent work accidents or industrial illnesses and employees are subsequently injured at work or develop an upper limb disorder, eye strain or another industrial ailment, the employer is in breach of their duty of care and may be liable to pay industrial injury compensation.
Make a claim
Should you develop a repetitive stress injury or have a workplace accident through no fault of your own, speak to our friendly advisers via Accident Advice Helpline’s Freephone number, 0800 689 0500, to learn more about making a work injury claim today.