Office Ergonomics

Ergonomics is the study of peoples’ efficiency in their working environment. If you work primarily in an office setting and spend much of your time working in front of a computer it is important to take a look at our work station setup. Looking at your chair, monitor, keyboard/mouse, and desktop are all important to decrease your risk of aches and pains and to prevent injury.

In an earlier blog we took a look at tips to improve ergonomics of your office chair set up (click here).  Now let’s look at the rest of your office work station.

Monitor

  1. Monitor height should be adjustable to allow eyes to be level with the top line of text. (Bifocal users require a slightly lower monitor)
  2. Monitor(s) should be directly centered in front of user
  3. Screen distance within arms reach, but will depend on vision/font size/task being performed
  4. Text font size should be large enough so that employee can easily read text without eye/neck strain
  5. Use of document holder is recommended

Keyboard

  1. Should be directly in front of user
  2. At a height that allows elbows to be at 90 degrees and shoulders resting naturally
  3. Wrists should be in a neutral position with forearms and wrists not resting on edges of table

Mouse

  1. Should be at the same height as the keyboard
  2. Wrists should remain in a neutral position
  3. Ergo mouse may promote neutral wrist and forearm positions

Desktop

  1. Utilize desktop computer instead of laptop when possible
  2. Person specific workstation vs. community station
  3. Stand-up desks are beneficial to decrease static positions

 

Dustin Eslinger, MA, LAT, ATC
Athletic Trainer
Physical Therapy Consultants, Inc.

October 31st, 2018

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