Monday, October 5, 2020

Toolbox Talks for Computer Ergonomics

Over the past few years, computer-based technology has become crucial in most offices. Along with the proliferation of technology, concern about healthy, safe, and comfortable use of computers has emerged


Muscular Discomfort– pain, aching, loss of coordination, numbness, and stiffness

Eye Strain- headaches, dizziness, and nausea

Preventative Company Guidelines:

Monitor Configurations:

  1. Depth – The monitor should be arm’s length away from you while seated.
  2. Height - The toolbar at the top of the screen should fall just below eye level, this allows the user to view the screen without causing neck strain from repetitive moving.

Keyboard and Mouse Configuration:

  • Parallel to the floor and make a 90˚ to 110˚ along with the upper arm. This should allow you to freely type without resting your wrists on any hard or soft surfaces. Most desks need an adjustable keyboard tray to complete this.
  • Mouse- The mouse should be placed on the same plane as the keyboard (keyboard trays should have a mouse chamber to hold the mouse).  You should determine which mouse causes the least strain on your wrist (conventional, trackball, etc.).

Chair Configuration:

  • Depth (Seat Pan) - The seat pan should leave approximately a 2-3 finger space between the end of the seat and the back of your legs.
  • Height- your chair should be at a height that permit you to place your feet flat on the floor with your thighs horizontal to your lower legs.
  • Lumbar Support- The lumbar support on the sitting chair should curve and rest against the small of your back.
  • Backrest Tilt- the Backrest should be at a 90˚ to 110˚ angle when typing.

Preventative Exercise:

  • Get up and walk around to stretch your legs for a few minutes on regular basis.
  • Stretch your wrist, arms, and back periodically while at your workstation

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