Safety Tips For The Office Worker
Human beings were not designed to be sitting all day; and yet many of you have jobs that require that. On the job injuries can be reduced by following some basic ergonomic guidelines. They can be broken down into three main categories:
- Proper equipment/workstations.
- Correct posture.
- Work time limitations.
Below is a basic guideline for setting up your workstation.
Key Things To Remember
- Top of screen at approximately the top of your head.
- Arms should be able to drop down, so shoulders are not tight, holding them up.
- Mouse should be very near your keyboard, so you don’t have to reach for it.
- Wrists should not bend backwards when keyboarding or mousing.
- Armrests should be removed from chair, so they don’t prevent you from getting close to your keyboard.
- Screen brightness and font size should be adjusted to your vision needs.
- A relaxed upright posture should be maintained.
- Get up and move around at least every 30 minutes.
If you use a sit-stand desk, the same ergonomic guidelines apply.
If you work on a laptop or tablet computer, you should get an accessory monitor and an accessory keyboard and set it up as shown above. We are not designed to hunch over a laptop for a long period of time.