Here are some tips for healthy workstation ergonomics. Your chair should support your spine’s curvature and adjust so that your feet are resting flat on the floor and your thighs are parallel to it. Focus on maintaining good posture by sitting up as straight as possible.
Your desk should have space underneath for your legs and feet without your knees banging on the bottom. If it’s too low, adjust your chair or work surface to fit you.
When using a keyboard and mouse, keep them on the same surface. Ideally, a flat keyboard is better than a tilted one. Position your arms so that your wrists can be straight with your arms at elbow level.
Organize your files and materials so you’re not frequently bending and straining to access them. If you’re spending much time on phone calls or in meetings, a headset or speakerphone can reduce the need to frequently hold up the phone or press it up against your neck.
Ensure your computer monitors are directly in front of you and about an arm’s length away. The top of the screen or screens should be at or slightly below eye level. Glare constrain your eyes so position the monitor in a way that reduces or eliminates glare.
While setting up your workstation properly and good posture are key, it’s also important to stand up and move around often.
If you have any questions about your equipment or best practices, please discuss them with your manager.
The information provided in this article is intended to be helpful, but it does not constitute legal advice and is not a substitute for the advice from a licensed attorney in your area. We encourage you to regularly consult with a local attorney as part of your risk management program.
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