Addressing Health and Safety Issues in Information Systems Development

Tom Gough


This paper is intended to focus the attention of information systems developers on the need to address health and safety issues throughout the development of information systems. The paper briefly reviews the issues which need to be addressed and assesses the general lack of attention paid to them across the range of information systems development methodologies. A brief review of recent legislation is followed by an assessment of the implications for information systems development and a discussion of agenda setting. The paper concludes by underlining the obligations of information systems developers to ensure that the health and safety issues are addressed effectively.