Do you use a computer on the job? Two-thirds of our country would answer “yes” to
this question. In today’s high-tech work environment you must not only know how
to use technology, but you should also know how to design your workstation to avoid
injury. Ergonomics is the science of office equipment design that enables you to work
with less pain and tiredness. These small changes will allow you to accomplish your
tasks throughout the day. Sometimes people who have been in the workforce for a
number of years develop motion or joint injuries. These injuries result from doing the
same thing again and again or sitting and using a computer on a daily basis.
Making Your Workstation Work For You
The best workstation is one that allows your body to be in a neutral position. This
posture allows your joints to naturally align so that there is no added stress on your
body. By lowering the stress on your body you will be able to work more comfortably,
and reduce the likelihood of future injuries. To determine if your workstation allows
you to work in a neutral position ask yourself these ten questions:
Is the top of my computer monitor at or just below
my eye level and at least 20 inches away?
Does my head and neck align with my upper body?
Are my shoulders relaxed?
Are my elbows close to my body and supported?
Does my chair support my lower back?
Do my wrists and hands line up with my forearms?
Is there enough room for my keyboard and mouse?
Is the keyboard directly in front of me?
Are my thighs and hips supported by a
cushioned chair and parallel to the floor?
Are my feet supported by the floor or a foot rest?
If you answered “no” to any of the above questions
you may need to make changes to your workspace.
Even if you answered “yes” to the above questions, and you feel that
your workspace fits your needs, it is still a good idea to
change your work position several times a day.
If you have an adjustable chair, make small
changes to your chair or bac