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Health and safety
02 November 2016
The use of equipment in the workplace such as whiteboards places legal responsibilities on employers, manufacturers, suppliers and designers to ensure, so far as is reasonably practicable, the safe use of such equipment.

Guidance of the use of interactive whiteboards has been produced by the Health and Safety Executive, which advises that the following measures be adopted:

  1. Staring directly into the projector beam should be avoided at all times.
  2. Standing facing the beam should be kept to a minimum.
  3. Use a stick or laser pointer to avoid the need to enter the beam.
  4. Pupils/students should be adequately supervised when they are asked to point out something on the screen.
  5. Projectors should be located out of the sight line from the screen to the audience; this ensures that when presenters look at the audience, they do not also have to stare at the projector lamp. Ceiling-mounting is the best way to achieve this.
  6. To minimise the lamp power needed to project a visible presentation, employers should use room blinds to reduce ambient light levels. The blinds should be easy to operate so that, once the presentation has finished, they can be readily opened and appropriate light levels restored.

In view of their legal obligations, employers should have in place risks assessments and appropriate, practical guidance to reduce risks to the health and safety of both employees and pupils/students.

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