Ergonomic Tips to Rework Your Workstation

  • Your computer monitor should be at least at arm’s length; your eyes should naturally fall a third of the way down the screen.
  • Keep items you use most often close by, lesser-used items at arm’s length, and seldom used items farthest away.
  • Get a headset to avoid cradling the phone between your shoulder and your ear.
  • Keep the mouse level with and close to the keyboard’s side to avoid stretching.
  • When using your keyboard, rest your elbows at 90 degrees, your forearms and wrists should be level. Palm supports help keep wrists straight.
  • Adjust the backrest’s height and angle to fit the lumbar support to your back.
  • Adjust chair height so your upper arms rest at 90 degrees from forearms, and torso and thighs rest at 90-110 degrees from each other. Your thighs should be nearly parallel to the floor.
  • Don’t cross your legs. The top leg compresses the bottom leg, which can affect your circulation.
  • Your feet should be flat on the ground. If they dangle, use a footrest.
  • Avoid using force while typing, to prevent carpal tunnel syndrome.

The booklet: How to make your computer workstation fit you can be downloaded on the WorksafeBC website and is a good ergonomic resource.

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