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Working from home? Here are a few ergonomic tips!

April 20, 2020

Make sure your work area fits you.

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Your workstation chair should be adjusted to fit your needs. Make sure your feet lay flat on the floor without too much pressure on the back of your legs.

Keep your arms at your side and wrists straight when typing.

Keep your keyboard directly in front of you so your hands are centered over the main keys. Place the mouse at the same height as your keyboard but keeping it as close to the keyboard as possible to minimize the reach. Never place the mouse where you have to extend your arm to reach it.

Make sure your computer monitor is an arm’s length or more away –

no closer than 18” and no further away than 36”. This relieves the visual strain of constant close work, gives your eyes room to relax and reduces tunnel vision – the further away the screen is, the less it dominates your visual field. Keep the monitor screen slightly below eye level. You should be able to read the screen with your eyes relaxed, looking straight ahead and slightly down, without tilting your head.

Arrange your work materials

(such as phone, calculator, manuals, etc.) within comfortable reach. If you must extend your arm to use something, don’t stay in that position for long.

Eliminate lighting glare

and/or reflections on your eyes.

Keep the floor and area under your work area free from clutter.

This allows you to stretch out and not feel confined, as well as eliminating trip hazards when you sit down or get up.