Having the right ergonomic chair, task-appropriate workstation, and fully adjustable keyboard are all important steps in fending off the injuries that come with extensive desk work. Knowing how to correctly position these tools, however, and yourself in relation to them, is the real clincher. Follow these 10 tips for optimum alignment and get the most out of your ergonomic accessories.
1. Adjust your chair seat so your thighs are parallel to the floor and your feet are flat on the floor or a footrest.
2. Adjust the depth of your seat pan so you have at least 2 inches of clearance between the back of your knees and the front of the seat.
3. Adjust the height of your backrest so it fits comfortably against the small of your back.
4. Adjust your chair’s recline tension to support varying degrees of recline. (Avoid using the recline lock.)
5. Lean back and relax in your chair so the backrest fully supports your upper body.
6. Position your keyboard tray about 1.5 inches above your thighs and angle the keyboard so it slopes slightly away from your body. Be sure to keep your wrists in a straight, neutral posture while typing, and rest the heels of your palms — not your wrists — on a palm support.
7. Position your mouse close to the keyboard, preferably on a mousing platform, to minimize reaching. Avoid anchoring your wrist on the platform; instead, glide the heel of your palm over the mousing surface and use your entire arm to mouse.
8. Position your monitor at least an arm’s length away with the top line of text at or just below eye level. Tilt the monitor away from you slightly, so your line of sight is perpendicular to the monitor.
9. If you have a task light, position it to the side opposite your writing hand. Shine it on paper documents but away from your monitor to reduce glare.
10. Align your monitor and the space bar of your keyboard with the mid-line of your body. Arrange frequently-used work materials within easy reach to minimize twisting and reaching.
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