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:
Staring directly into the projector beam should be avoided at all times.
Standing facing the beam should be kept to a minimum.
Use a stick or laser pointer to avoid the need to enter the beam.
Pupils/students should be adequately supervised when they are asked to point out something on the screen.
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.
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.
Need further advice?
Your first point of contact is your ATL rep in your school or college. Your local ATL branch is also available to help with queries, or you can contact ATL's member advisors on tel: 020 7930 6441 or email us. Please have your membership number to hand when telephoning and include it with any correspondence - this will help us to answer your query more quickly.