We found this informative article in the Spring 2014 OfficeMax Workplace Exchange magazine. With ergonomic-related injuries accounting for nearly $20 billion in worker’s compensation costs each year (according to the Workplace Ergonomics Reference Guide-2nd Edition, Computer/Electronic Accommodations Program), we thought this information important enough to share.
Looking for more ways to transform your office environment into a model of ergonomic efficiency? Refer to this 8-step checklist to help maximize health, comfort and productivity in your workplace.
- Lessen neck strain
A monitor pedestal or an adjustable chair positions the top of a screen to be slightly below eye level to help lessen neck strain.
- Reduce glare
For areas with a lot of natural or artificial light, a screen glare filter can minimize eye strain and help prevent headaches.
- Stay centered
A mobile chair makes it easy to center one’s body in front of monitors and keyboards.
- It’s all about the wrist
Wrists that hand over armrests or are held too high while typing create stress on hands. A wrist rest can help employees type in comfort all day.
- Take the pain out of paperwork
Referring to documents that are laying flat on a desk can cause neck strain. A document holder or stand makes this process easier and more comfortable.
- Shed some light
Headaches can result from poorly lit work areas. Implementing extra desk lamps can help solve this.
- Reduce pressure
An adjustable chair with a waterfall-edge seat will keep upper legs horizontal and reduce pressure on the spine.
- Both feet on the ground
Feet should always be resting flat on the floor. If a chair is not height adjustable, consider investing in a footrest.
Do you sit correctly at work per the above image? Do you have any other ideas for optimizing ergonomics in your workspace? Share with us in the comments section below.