Workstation Setup To Support Your Body - Part 2

Wednesday, 25th March 2015

Workstation Setup To Support Your Body - Part 2

Please Note: These suggestions & tips are part of a three part series over 3 weeks, including images to help you optimise your workstation setup to better support your body. Last week we posted about the correct set up for your Chair and Desk – please visit the resources/news section of our website to catch up on this information.

Ergonomics is the design of the working environment and its goal is to make the workplace more comfortable and improve both health and productivity.  But before you go out and purchase the latest ergonomic furniture know that most ergonomic issues in an office can be fixed through simple adjusting, rearranging or modifying your current furniture and tools.

To help show you how you can better support your body at work and improve your workplace health, Axiom Projects has engaged an Accredited Exercise Physiologist (AEP) to give us the best ergonomic tips and demonstrate how our workstations should be set up.

Monitor Set Up

Ensuring you place your monitor in the right location as part of your workspace can have important effects on your body’s health. If your monitor is not positioned correctly it can cause neck pain, shoulder pain or even eye strain. Below are tips on how to best set up your computer monitor to support your body.

Checklist for Monitor set up:

     ·    Monitor should be placed directly in front/square to users body, not at an angle as
          rotation can cause neck and back muscle strain and imbalances

     ·    Monitor should be approximately arm’s length away from user when chair is
          comfortably tucked into the desk

     ·    Eye level should fall within the top 1/3 of the monitor screen when looking straight

     ·    If using 2 monitors have screens at the same level and sit directly in front of the
          middle of the screens – avoid twisting your head and torso to view the screens
          (however should you use one monitor more frequently you can position yourself
          slightly more in front of the favoured monitor)

     ·    If using a laptop would suggest placing the laptop on a stand to raise it to the
          accurate height as described above and use a separate keyboard and mouse

Stay Tuned for next week’s blog, blog 3 of our three part series discussing the correct set up for your keyboard and mouse.