Safety rules for a computer room

Updated April 17, 2017

Computer rooms at the office are not as potentially hazardous as a construction site, but there are still safety rules that need to be addressed. Health problems can occur with the overuse of a computer. Hazards might be presented without most people being aware. There are some actions to take to reduce the possible risk of injury.


Wires are a requirement for any computer room manager to take into consideration. There are a multitude of wires required to operate computers, printers and so forth.

Wires should be kept as much as possible out of foot paths or anywhere people might get caught up in wires in some form. Most wires can be bundled together behind computers. If wires must stretch across the floor, there are rubber mats that can be purchased where the wires are put underneath, and the gradual rise in the mats are less likely to trip someone.

Electrical Considerations

As with any workplace, all electrical usage must conform to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, or OSHA, rules for electricity usage. This would require that no more plugs can be in a socket than it can withstand without causing shortages or fire. If you are not aware of how much you can plug into your wall sockets, ask an electrician to come out and see how much electricity comes from the socket.

It is a good idea to unplug all equipment at the end of the day, as this eliminated the possibility of electrical surges while people are not in the office.

Repetitive Stress

One of the most common problems in an office environment is health related injuries due to overwork and stress. Employers are encouraged to allow employees to take time away from the computer, Just five to 10 minutes of rest about every hour of work is enough. Employers can also purchase equipment that makes usage of a keyboard and mouse much easier. Employees should also rest their eyes after looking at computer screens for long periods of time.

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Calissa Hatton has been writing since 1999, with a focus on business, health, organization and time-management topics. She has been published with "The Republic" newspaper in Columbus, Ind., and she runs her own blog. Hatton studies physics at the University of Louisiana.