OHS Policies and Procedures Learning Objective:
After reading this INFORMATION SHEET, YOU MUST be able to identify and apply OHS policies and procedures in Computer Hardware Servicing.

Occupational Health and Safety Policy Occupational health and safety is a cross-disciplinary area concerned with protecting the safety, health and welfare of people engaged in work. The goal of all occupational health and safety programs is to foster a safe work environment. As a secondary effect, it may also protect co-workers, family members, employers, customers, suppliers, nearby communities, and other members of the public who are impacted by the workplace environment. It may involve interactions among many subject areas, including occupational medicine, occupational (or industrial) hygiene, public health, safety engineering, chemistry, health physics. Safety practices should be learned early and always adhered to when working with any electrical device, including personal computers and peripherals. This is for the protection of not only the people working with them, but also for the devices themselves. The basis for this process begins with your Occupational Health and Safety Policies. Personal Safety While Working Along With PC’s While working inside your computer, do not attempt to service the computer except as explained in this guide and elsewhere in product documentation. Always follow the instructions closely. Computer equipment can be dangerous, and you or others can be injured or even killed if you don’t follow proper safety guidelines when working along PC’s. The following are some precautionary measures to take before working with any computer equipment: Before you start to work on the computer, perform the following steps in the sequence indicated: 1. Turn off the computer and all peripherals. 2. Touch an unpainted metal surface on the computer chassis, such as the metal around the card-slot openings at the back of your computer, before touching anything inside your computer. 3. Disconnect the computer and peripherals from their electrical outlets. Doing so reduces the potential for personal injury or shock. Also disconnect any telephone or telecommunication lines from the computer. NOTE: Before disconnecting a peripheral from the system or removing a component from the system board, verify that the standby power light-emitting diode (LED) on the system board has turned off. While you work, periodically touch an unpainted metal surface on the computer chassis to dissipate any static electricity that might harm internal components. In addition, it is recommended that you periodically review the safety instructions in your System Information Guide.

Additional Safety tips: • Wear shoes with non-conductive rubber soles to help reduce the chance of being shocked or seriously injured in an electrical accident. • Do not work on components that are plugged into their power source. • Do not remove expansion cards from a computer when it is turned on. • Remove all jewelry when working inside any computer related equipment. • Be sure not to mix electronic components and water. • When you shut down your computer, be sure to shut it down properly. Do not turn it off with the case switch. Don’t eat or drinks while working.