Risk Assessment Methodology for Workplaces with Computers

Joel Silva, Isabel L. Nunes

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The significant contribution of Information Technology for business productivity led to a large increase in the number of jobs with computers. These jobs are often associated with prolonged sedentary work, high mental load, prolonged and inadequate postures and repetitive movements. Some of the complaints and injuries associated with working with computers include discomfort, stress, carpal tunnel syndrome, computer vision syndrome, eye strain or pain in the lower back. There are, however, other important factors such as lighting, noise, thermal comfort or safety that affect workers operating computers in offices. Thus it is essential to use an integrated approach in the study of the working conditions of workplaces with computers. To bridge the gap regarding methodologies for risk assessment in this type of jobs, an integrated methodology, named Risk Assessment Protocol for Offices (PARE), was developed. It aims to support the risk assessment in jobs with computers in offices. This paper will present the development methodology of the PARE and its application to real work situations.

Original languagePortuguese
Title of host publicationOccupational Safety and Hygiene - SHO2013
EditorsP Arezes, JS Baptista, MP Barroso, P Carneiro, N Costa, R Melo, AS Miguel, G Perestrelo, P Cordeiro
PublisherPortuguese Society of Occupational Safety and Hygiene (SPOSHO)
Number of pages3
Publication statusPublished - 2013
Event9th International Symposium on Occupational Safety and Hygiene (SHO) - Guimaraes, Portugal
Duration: 14 Feb 201315 Feb 2013


Conference9th International Symposium on Occupational Safety and Hygiene (SHO)


  • computer
  • integrated risk analysis
  • integrated risk assessment
  • Risk Assessment Protocol for Offices
  • PARE

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