Worker Health & Safety

An Introduction to Ergonomics

  • Is your office chair supportive and comfortable throughout the day?
  • Do you know about sitting in a correct posture?
  • Is your chair adjustable in:
    • Seat height
    • Lumbar support height
    • Backrest angle independent of seat tilt
    • Seat tilt (optional)
    • Armrests (if fitted)
  • Can you adjust your chair so the lumbar support fits snugly in thesmall of your back so that you feel comfortable and supported without any pressure points?


                                                                                                           



Mouse/Pointing device

  • Can the mouse be placed close to you and within your optimum reach zone?
  • Is it placed just beside the keyboard? Does the mouse fit comfortably in your hand (not too long or round or short or flat etc)
  • Can you place your fingers on the buttons without accidentally pressing the buttons?
  • Is the device at the same height as the keyboard? Are your fingers, wrist and forearm all in a straight line while using the mouse?
  • If you use the mouse a lot, do you use the keyboard shortcut keys?


Monitor

  • Is the monitor far enough away i.e you do not feel the monitor is too close? (Generally about an arm’s length away)
  • Are you able to look straight ahead at the monitor without twisting?
  • Is the top of your monitor at or below eye height? Is the image of your monitor clear and crisp, that is, not fuzzy nor flickering?Is your monitor free from reflections?

 

 

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