design can have a big impact on your overall health and well being. Some problems have
already been discussed, but there are a multitude of other discomforts which can result
from ergonomically incorrect computer workstation set-ups. For example, poor chairs and/or
bad posture can cause lower back strain; or a chair that is too high can cause circulation
loss in legs and feet.
chair is actually a very important part of a comfortable workstation. You want a chair
that is lightly padded or upholstered. Adjust the height so that the backs of the knees
are not in contact with the seat, and your feet are flat on the floor or footrest. Adjust
the back of the chair so that it presses against the small of the back. If the chairback
is not adjustable, some people may find it comfortable to use a small pillow for support
Below is a diagram that outlines the basics of an ergonomically correct
It is important to listen to the signals your body sends to you. If you find that
your shoulders ache after a long day at the computer, see how you are holding your
shoulders while you are working. Are you holding them up to keep your wrists at a
comfortable angle? If so, maybe you need to raise your chair up so you can relax your
shoulders while maintaining a comfortable angle for your wrists. If that places an
uncomfortable pressure on the back of your legs because of the chair edge, get a footrest.
Your body will tell you where the problems are. You simply need to analyse what you are
doing and correct potential problems.
good link that will help you do this is VDTs: How to Avoid a
Painful Desk Job (Univ Virginia EHS) .
Additional Ergomonics Information and Links
complete the Office Ergonomics Training Module, please take the quiz.
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