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The following are common problems we see when evaluating workstations, and possible solutions. Additional ergonomic training is now available in video format through Knowledge Link.  "Making it Fit-Improving Office Comfort" and "Out of the Office-Ergonomics For The Mobile Worker" can be self-assigned by typing the title into the "Find Learning" box on your Knowledge Link page.

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Placement of Documents

Twisting and leaning forward to view documents while working on the computer causing awkward neck, back and shoulder postures.

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Solution:

Use an in-line copy holder when working from documents.

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Wrist Support

Resting wrists on desktop when working on the keyboard or mouse causing awkward wrist postures.

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Solution:

Lower feet on the keyboard and use a soft wrist rest for the keyboard and mouse.

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Placement of Frequently Used Items

Reaching for frequently used items causing awkward arm and shoulder postures.

Placement of frequently used items

Solution:

Keep frequently used items within an easy reach.

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Placement of Pointing Device

Reaching for the mouse causing awkward shoulder and arm postures.

Pointing device placement

Solution:

Position the mouse close to the keyboard. Place the mouse directly in front of you when performing mouse intensive tasks (i.e. web browsing.)

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Retrieving Items from Shelves

Reaching for items located on overhead shelves causing awkward arm and shoulder postures.

Retrieving items

Solution:

Stand to retrieve items off a shelf.

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Seat Height

Sitting too low causing awkward wrist postures when typing and mousing.

Seat height

Solution:

Raise the chair and use a footrest to position yourself at the proper typing height or purchase a keyboard tray.

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Laptop Use

Laptop computers do not allow the keyboard and monitor to be at the correct height causing awkward shoulder, neck and back postures.

Laptop use

Solution:

Add a separate keyboard and mouse and raise the laptop monitor to the proper viewing height.

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Keyboard Angle

Positive slope of keyboard tray causes awkward wrist postures.

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Solution:

Position keyboard tray flat or slightly negative.

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Placement of Keyboard and Pointing Device

Placing the keyboard on a keyboard tray and the mouse on the desk causes awkward arm and shoulder postures.

placement of keyboard and pointing device

Solution:

Place keyboard and mouse on the same surface and close to each other.

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Telephone Use

Cradling the telephone handset on your shoulder causes awkward shoulder and neck postures.

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Solution:

Use the “hands free” option on your telephone or use a headset when speaking on the telephone while accessing the computer.

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"L" Shaped Workstations

Working in an “L-shaped” corner causes awkward shoulder and arm postures.

"L" shaped desk

Solution:

Use a corner extension to position the keyboard and mouse within an easier reach.

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Lumbar Support

Sitting forward in the chair while working, providing no lumbar support.

Lumbar leaning forward in chair

Solution:

Sit fully back in the chair when working. Adjust the depth of the seat pan, the angle of the back or use a lumbar cushion.

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