How to Improve your Workstation Ergonomics

ergonomics

/ˌəːɡəˈnɒmɪks/

noun

noun: ergonomics

the study of people’s efficiency in their working environment.

The office can sometimes be neglected when it comes to ergonomics. However, it is a huge factor in staff productivity levels and alertness

So, some helpful hints,

  • Informing employees so that they fully know how to work ergonomically can help prevent the onset of injuries and accidents in the workplace. This of course means fewer sick days, which is a definite bonus for employers.
  • All too often workers will sit with their forearms barely supported. This creates fatigue in the muscles of the neck and shoulders, so ensuring the weight of the arms is always supported will deal with this. The hands, wrists and forearms should also be in a straight line and parallel to the floor.
  • Head level and positioning is very important, with the head in line with the torso with no need to crane the head or neck forward. High quality adjustable chairs and equipment can assist greatly with this. No slouching! Remember, posture is key!
  • Correct display height and distance, meaning that display units should be placed at eye level and at least arms-length away.

Items frequently used together should be grouped together at the workstation. These are usually items such as a keyboard, mouse and would be in the primary zone, meaning the area within easiest reach of the user without having to excessively reach for them. This would cause strain on the shoulders and arms.

  • If your feet don’t comfortably reach the floor there is pressure on the backs of your legs. If this is the case, use a footrest or lower the keyboard and chair.
  • For laptop users, using an external mouse and keyboard for longer periods of computer use can help. Also, changing your posture regularly and taking regular breaks.
  • Monitors should have adjustable contrast and brightness control, be free from flicker and have an adjustable tilt.
  • Changing task can sometimes be enough to reduce the risk of putting tissue under stress but an excellent and very valuable tip is to simply get up and move. Walk around, go and get a drink, in fact anything that gets you up out of your chair.

 

Encourage your employees to take care of themselves and be ergonomic in the workplace, it’s better for everyone!

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