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You and Your Workstation: Making Good Adjustments

- August 25, 2015 by Guest Bloggers (View all posts by Guest)

In today’s fast-paced work environment, it is important that the computer at your workstation be adjusted properly to provide the most comfort and efficiency. After continuing to find the same problems in my years of conducting hundreds of ergonomic assessments across several industries, I wanted to share some quick and efficient ways to correct them.

The Chair: The chair is a key component of the workstation. Using a seat incorrectly with bad posture puts the body out of neutral alignment. Neutral alignment is sitting straight up in the chair with the body at a 90 degree angle. The usual causes for incorrect alignment include not adjusting the chair correctly to fully support the back and allowing the feet to be flat on the floor.

Best practices include showing employees how to adjust their chairs and providing a foot rest. Also, the armrests may need to be raised, lowered or removed to allow the employee to be close to the desk.

The Desk: Employees may have their work surface not properly arranged with the monitor being in the wrong place, not at the correct height or with a glare on the screen. Any of these may result in discomfort in the form of neck pain and eye strain.

Ways to correct these issues include placing the monitor directly in front of them, lowering or raising the height to allow for eye comfort, and using an anti-glare screen to diffuse light. Also, changing the font size on the screen may help with eye comfort.

Keyboard and Mouse: When the keyboard and mouse are not properly positioned, the arms and wrists may be placed in awkward postures. The hands may either be extended or flexed improperly. Common causes of this include having the keyboard too far away and propped up on its feet, and the mouse not being close enough to the hand that is using it. Corrections include moving the keyboard and mouse closer, lowering the keyboard from its feet, using a keyboard wrist rest for support, and if needed placing the keyboard and mouse on a tray with proper height adjustments.

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