This is Health and safety on site and on location,
Following these steps will decrease the risks when working on a computer, as a digital photographer I will spend a huge amount of time in front of the computer screen, editing, selecting and researching images.
Use tiltable screens – most of my work is completed on an iMac or MacBook, both of which have very up-to-date ergonomics which allow movement of the screen.
Provide adjustable chairs – before starting work I will ensure that my seating position is correct, this will prevent back pains and neck strains.
Provide foot supports – this is to allow for the best seating position, it helps to sit you up straight and reduces the risk of back pains.
Suitable lighting – lighting conditions are important to reduce eye strain when looking at the computer, ever exposure can cause eye strain.
Make sure workstations are not cramped – a cramped work station will reduce productivity as well as stopping accessibility for frequent breaks.
Take frequent breaks – taking frequent breaks will help to relax your body and eyes, an eye break every 20 minutes is recommended.
Health and safety on location,
Each location comes with specific risks, for example carrying the heavy and fragile mirrors in the car and out the car, I need to make sure they are securely fastened in the car and carry them below the waist to ensure if the glass breaks then it will fall on the floor and not on anyone. There are always risks when driving a car, to minimise this I decided to travel at off-peak times. With my first shoot there was the risk of the nearby golf course, to avoid the risk I made sure the golf course was empty before shooting nearby. The Cherry Hinton Chalk pits become incredibly slippery when wet this unfortunately was an issue when I went, to minimise this risk stuck to the paths and steps put in place. Loose rocks where another hazard within the chalk pit, again the risk was minimised by sticking to the paths. For the final location I had to get an assistant to enter the water, there is the obvious risk of drowning and also the risk of getting stuck in loose sediment within the water, we used a prodding stick and marker to find the distance in which we could venture out.