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Comfort tips for computer users (home office and on the road)

It is important for employees to apply good ergonomic practices even when they are not in a traditional office environment. Whether working at home, in an office or while traveling, ergonomic risk from working at a computer can be reduced with proper posture, good work habits and appropriately adjusted equipment. The following tips should help minimize potential risk factors and maximize your personal comfort.

Table/desk

  • Use a desk between  28-30 inches in height
  • Desk thickness should not exceed 2 inches
  • Allow for adequate leg room with a minimum of 18-inch depth and 24-inch knee width
  • Desks should provide depth to place the monitor at least 18-20 inches from the user
  • If a desk is not available, use a dining table with a height adjustable chair
  • Refrain from using lap desks for long periods of time
  • Refrain from working off of a kitchen  countertop
  • Refrain from sitting on the floor and working

Chair

  • Use an adjustable chair with the following features:
  • Pneumatic height adjustment
  • Lumbar back support
  • Height adjustable seat back with locking function
  • Adjustable depth seat pan
  • Padded armrests that are height and depth adjustable with rounded edges (Optional)
  • Consider sitting on a small, moderately firm pillow in order to place the seated elbow height at the level of the keyboard and mouse
  • A thin pillow can be used to provide additional support to the lower back
  • Refrain from sitting on very soft couches; they do not support the body evenly during extended sitting
  • Stand, stretch, and/or walk after sitting every two hours Read More
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