Workstation ergonomics mean adjusting the furniture and technology to fit the worker in the most comfortable, healthy manner. The human physique has many variables. Putting positive ergonomic principles to work can help avert many negative consequences such as back injuries, carpal tunnel syndrome and eye strain.
These 10 improvements in workstation ergonomics can also pay off in improved employee morale and productivity:
- Correct posture - Center your body in front of the keyboard and sit erect. Keep your thighs horizontally aligned with your knees and level with your hips. Forearms should be level or slightly angled up.
- Typing - Keep your wrists straight over the keyboard, not bent and maintain a natural position.
- Wrist support - Use a wrist rest to minimize awkward wrist positions and to rest your wrists during typing breaks. Hold your wrists above the wrist rest during typing.
- Chair height - The chair is properly adjusted when both feet rest comfortably on the floor and your hips and knees are horizontally aligned. Use the lumbar support function or place a small cushion between the curve of your back and the chair.
- Foot support - If your chair cannot be adjusted low enough to place both feet flat on the chair, use a foot support.
- Desk size - A proper workstation should be at least 19" deep and 30" wide and adjustable to a desk surface height of at least 34 inches.
- Mouse location - Place the mouse to the side of the keyboard where it can be used with minimal reaching movement and no change in posture.
- Accessory objects - Other frequently used items such as pens, staplers and printed material should be close enough to reach without straining.
- Monitor height - The monitor should be directly before you, about 18 to 24 inches away, with the top of the screen slightly below eye level. Minimize sources of glare on the screen.
- Telephone use - If you frequently take phone calls while typing, utilize a headset to maintain an ergonomic posture while conversing.
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