21 February 2006

Macintosh users don’t get RSI?

We live in a multiplatform world: take it into account when rolling out new applications or systems.

As part of the University’s obligation to implement strategies to protect the health, safety and welfare of employees at work, it has purchased the WorkPace software package designed to reduce the risk of Occupational Overuse Syndrome (OOS), neck, shoulder, forearm and back pain. WorkPace is also claimed to be capable of reducing the risk of workplace fatigue, headache, and eye strain allowing for increased productivity.

While there is a Macintosh version of the software available, neither the Health and Safety Office nor ICT Services are prepared to facilitate us providing this version for the Macintosh users in the Division. Although there is an intention to make the Macintosh version available at some point, it is poor practice to provide the software for one group of workers but not another.

It should be University policy that software made available for the campus works on all target computers and is made available at the same time.