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Ten Fundamental Basic Computer lab Safety Guidelines

Updated on September 25, 2011

Basic Lab safety Principles

Safety measures are very important factors to take into consideration when carrying out experiments, repairs and servicing of machinery, chemical solutions.

Computer laboratories/workshop too bear safety principles to follow when accessing, carrying out repair and maintaince on faulty computers.

  1. The workspace should be large enough to accommodate the system unit, the technician’s tools, the testing equipment, and the electrostatic discharge near the workbench, power outlets should be available to accommodate the system unit power and the power needs of other electrical devices
  2. The workbench should be a nonconductive surface flat and cleanable to avoid risks of short circuits and electric shock.
  3. Workspace should be distant from areas of heavy electrical equipment or concentrations of electronics for example a workspace should not be near building’s heating, venting and air conditioning or phone system controls
  4. Temperatures should be maintained so they are consistent with specifications of the hardware components; high temperatures expand hardware thereby affecting the functionality.
  5. The workspace should be situated away from carpeted areas since carpets build up electrostatic charges.
  6. Workspace should be free from dust to avoid accumulation of dust particles to clog up components thereby affecting the functionality.
  7. Lightening should be sufficient to see the smallest components for instance adjustable lamps and fluorescent lighting.
  8. Avoid touching the computer screen for any reason while it is turned on. Even brief touches to an active screen can put an electrostatic charge in the hand, which can discharge through the keyboard.
  9. Ac electrical current should be properly grounded to avoid hardware components short circuits and blowing up.
  10. The workspace should be distant from areas of heavy electrical equipment or concentrations of electronics.


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