CHAP 3 HEALTH AND SAFETY

The personnel department provides information about health and safety (http://www.utwente.nl/pao/info_voor/medewerkers/arbo, in Dutch). The major topics and regulations around safety concerning students are discussed in the paragraphs below.

HEALTH

A health risk for students concerns computer work during which repetitive movements in a static pose are inevitable. Some students suffer from repetitive strain injury (RSI) which comprises complaints to upper back, fingers, hands and wrists and is a health risk for students. All students are well advised to inform themselves about the risks and ways of prevention of RSI. Information can be found at the website of the Personnel Department (and at the site of the RSI association). A correct posture and micro breaks are essential.

The UT now has licenses for two break exercise reminder software programs, which can be downloaded from the website of the Personnel Department http://www.utwente.nl/pao/info_voor/medewerkers/arbo/arbo/rsi_beeldschermwerk/ :

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Workrave (micro breaks, rest periods, daily limit and exercises)

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Twitch (micro breaks).

SAFETY

In case of emergencies, it is essential to react effectively. Therefore, all students are expected to be familiar with:

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The central alarm number of the UT: (+31 53-489) 2222. In case of any emergency, the first thing to do is calling this number. (The national Dutch alarm number is 112.)

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The information on the “what-to-do-in-case-of-emergency-signs” in the UT buildings

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All (emergency) exits and escape routes.

A frequently and critically check of the latter two is therefore necessary.

Safety regulations concerning practicals (with lasers, chemicals, electricity, etc.) will be provided at start of these practicals. Different practicals may have different regulations concerning protection of humans and equipment.