Workstation Setup To Support Your Body - Part 3

Wednesday, 1st April 2015

Workstation Setup To Support Your Body - Part 3

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.

Keyboard and Mouse Set Up

A variety of body strains can be a result of using your keyboard and mouse in the improper manner; these include short term issues such as sore wrists, to long term issues such as repetitive strain injury (RSI) and Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.  While such issues can take time to develop they can be much harder to reverse. Below is our advice on how to best set up the keyboard and mouse in relation to your workstation.

Checklist for Keyboard & Mouse:

     ·    The keyboard. Like monitors should be square / directly in front of the user to
          prevent rotation

     ·    Keyboard should be within 5cm from the edge of the desk

     ·    Letters G & H should be placed in the middle of the body. If side number keys are
          frequently used the keyboard may be shifted slightly to the left

     ·    Wrists should maintain their neutral position. Elbows at 90 degrees and forearms
          parallel to the floor while typing. Avoid resting wrists on the desk as this encourages
          wrist hyper flexion and over time can lead to strain, RSI and Carpel Tunnel

     ·    Your shoulders should be relaxed with elbows hanging close to your body

     ·    Your mouse should be placed close to your keyboard with your elbow remaining
          close to your body when using

     ·    Your whole forearm should move while using mouse rather than allowing excessive
          wrist deviation side to side

 

We hope this mini-series has assisted with your workspace set up and educated with how to best support your body in the workplace. Stay tuned for more blog posts regarding your health at work, as we will be teaming with our AEP and Accredited Practising Dietician (APD) for the rest of the year to bring you insightful tips to boost your health at work.