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Workstation Ergonomics Checklist

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  • monitor position is directly in front so do not have to twist head or neck
  • top line of screen is at or below eye level
  • keyboard positioned so wrists flat and level
  • keyboard tray stable and large enough to hold keyboard and mouse
  • mouse is right next to keyboard so it can be operated without reaching
  • wrists and hands do not rest on sharp or hard edge
  • monitor correct distance to read without leaning head, neck, or trunk
  • no glare (e.g., from windows, lights) is present on the screen
  • document holder is placed at same height and distance as monitor screen


  • can sit and work so head, neck, and trunk face forward (not twisted)
  • can sit so trunk perpendicular to floor (not leaning forward or backward)
  • shoulders and upper arms perpendicular to floor
  • arms and shoulders relaxed and level (not elevated)
  • can sit so desk or keyboard reached without stretching arms forward
  • desktop positioned so close to body (not extended outward)


  • switch back and forth between computer work other tasks
  • take micro-breaks or recovery pauses while working on a computer
  • regular stretching breaks for employee to get up and walk around


  • thighs are parallel to floor and lower legs are perpendicular to floor
  • feet can rest flat on floor or are supported by a stable footrest
  • backrest provides support for lower back
  • seat width and depth appropriate for individual's size and build
  • seat front does not press against the back of knees and lower legs
  • seat has cushioning and is rounded or has "waterfall" front (no sharp edge)
  • armrests support both forearms while and do not interfere with movement


  • thighs have clearance space between chair and desk
  • legs and feet have clearance space under desk and movement not impeded
  • frequently used supplies and equipment within arm's reach
  • can reach most files, supplies, etc. without bending or reaching
  • adequate work surface to spread out without sitting in a cramped position
  • telephone can be used with head upright and shoulders relaxed at all times
  • workstation has sufficient adjustability for a variety of tasks


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