Today, the vast majority of Americans regularly access computers. This includes the many millions who use computers daily at work. As we spend increasing amounts of time at our computer workstation, we need to be aware of how the design and arrangement of our equipment can impact our comfort, health, and productivity.
It is important to keep the head, neck, shoulders, back, arms, hands, legs and feet in ergonomically conscious positions when using a computer, as doing so can prevent long-term negative health effects such as strains, aches and pains in the muscles and joints.
OSHA offers computer users this advise:
- Place the computer monitor so that the top line of the screen is at or below your eye level.
- Alternate the hand with which you operate the pointer/mouse.
- Use a wrist rest to maintain straight wrist postures and to minimize contact stress during typing and mousing tasks.
- Assure that your chairâ€™s backrest conforms to the natural curvature of your spine, and that it provides adequate lumbar support.
A complete checklist can be found on OSHA’s website.
More Workstation & Ergonomic Safety Information
OSHA purchasing guide checklist
OSHAâ€™s Computer Workstations e-Tool
OSHAâ€™s Ergonomics Safety and Health Topics
CDC Computer Workstation Ergonomics Checklists
Cornell University Ergonomics Checklist