Be cau­tious of haz­ards

Panay News - - WORLD - Char­lie B. Be­gas Jr., Vi­cente An­daya Sr. Na­tional High School, Sigma, Capiz

IN­VOLV­ING in the field of In­for­ma­tion Tech­nol­ogy does not mean that we shall only fo­cus on de­riv­ing and in­te­grat­ing com­puter-re­lated op­er­a­tions, pro­grams and sys­tems. It also gives em­pha­sis on how to en­sure our pro­tec­tion in or­der to gain best pos­si­ble re­sult. The evo­lu­tion of tech­nol­ogy is up­ris­ing and con­quer­ing the world with a storm. Good­bye to the old good days and wel­come to the strik­ing fast fu­ture. But as the era moves, there are viruses called haz­ards that join the ride.

The com­puter lab­o­ra­tory in our work­place where our suc­cesses and down­falls hap­pened and are about to hap­pen can be­come a place we can call home. There are cer­tain viruses that are al­ready there. But what are they?

Spe­cial­ists are trou­bled be­cause of ra­di­a­tion from video dis­plays. As we ex­cess our ef­forts and burn our time on en­cod­ing our sys­tem plans and pro­grams on the com­puter, we do not re­al­ize that aside from the hard­ships that we face there is also the virus that con­fronts us – ra­di­a­tion.

The video dis­play dis­charges Ex­tremely Low Fre­quency (ELF) ra­di­a­tion, al­though it is still un­cer­tain. What are the ef­fects of ELF ra­di­a­tion on the bi­o­log­i­cal is­sues? One thing is for sure, cells are af­fected. The fa­tigue and headache that we some­times feel while and af­ter ex­po­sure on a video dis­play are signs that we have also been ex­posed to ELF ra­di­a­tion. Know­ing this, we have to cre­ate a dis­tance away from the video dis­play and use video fil­ters are some safety tips that could help us re­duce ra­di­a­tion.

On the other hand, a com­mon cause of fire both in home and work­place is elec­tric­ity, the elec­tric­ity that we all use. It might serves as a friend who is al­ways there to help us, but al­ways re­mem­ber that if we do not han­dle them care­fully, a multi-mil­lion com­puter lab­o­ra­tory can turn into ashes in just a lit­tle time.

A high re­sis­tance con­nec­tion is one of the main sources of ig­ni­tion that could even­tu­ally cause fire. These kinds of con­nec­tion arise when a wire is in­ad­e­quately con­nected to a switch. Pos­si­bil­ity of fire re­lated in­ci­dents might de­crease if these safety tips will be fol­lowed: ( 1) avoid elec­tri­cal over­load­ing, (2) un­plug equip­ment af­ter use, (3) check wirings for leaks, (4) change or re­pair frayed wirings, (5) keep away flammable ma­te­ri­als from your equip­ment, and (6) make a rou­tine of check­ing your equip­ment. (

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