Workstation Ergonomics - Read this to be comfortable at work...

Posted by Expert Gadget Reviewer on Friday, 6 November 2009

On a Friday - something to make everyone a bit more comfortable in their workstation (regardless of whether it is a private office or cubicle). Full disclosure, I am a rabid convert after I set my own work area up (see HERE for the post about what I won't give up in my office).

The below guidelines are courtesy of Workrite Ergonomics  click HERE for a link to the complete ergonomics page, including a video on setting up an ergonomic work area:

Slouching, slumping or bending forward at the waist in a chair can lead to discomfort, fatigue and backache. Follow these guidelines to help prevent problems from occurring when sitting at your workstation.

A.Adjust seat height, thighs should be approximately parallel to the floor. Seat pan short enough (front to back) for knee clearance and with a waterfall front edge.

B.Adjustable back rest to accommodate the normal curve of the lower spine.

C.Articulating monitor arm supporting flat panel display. Top one-third of the screen at or below eye level; distance from operator a minimum of 18", typically at arm's length.

D.Elbow relaxed. Lower arm open at least 90°-100° to upper arm with keyboard platform set at 0°-6° negative tilt.

E.Wrists should be a natural extension of the forearm, not angled up or down.

F.Keyboard flat at elbow level with palm rest to support hands during rest.

G.Feet resting firmly on the floor; footrest needed if feet are not supported by the floor.

H.Document holder in line with front of monitor. Height and angle adjusted for the comfort of the user.