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Ergonomics Checklist

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  • adjust monitor to correct eye level to keep neck level
  • place on top of shelf or CPU if too low (neck bent down)
  • remove swivel base if too high (neck bent up)
  • adjust monitor angle so documents being viewed straight on


  • adjust the pixel size on your screen if image too small
  • adjust contrast and brightness is image too dim
  • may need to upgrade monitor if image fuzzy or flickering
  • raise light sources to keep them out of your eye
  • move your monitor back to 16+ inches away if straining your eyes
  • use "computer glasses" to reduce eyestrain
  • set a timer to remember to look away from the screen
  • arrange your desk to provide a "view" for resting your eyes


  • take regular breaks to move around throughout the day
  • vary your activities instead of doing the same thing all day
  • take more frequent breaks when focusing on one activity
  • try rolling or sliding a load rather than lifting
  • if you lift, try to reduce the sides of your loads
  • keep item near your body as you lift to reduce back strain
  • keep item at a medium height as you carry it


  • shade monitor from direct light sources with a glare screen
  • cover or shield light sources to prevent glare
  • face monitor away from windows and direct lights
  • light should hit screen from side at an angle -- not straight on
  • lowering light levels to 200-500 lux can also reduce screen glare


  • use a cushion to support lower back
  • adjust height and tilt of chair for comfortable position
  • recline chair slightly to stay sitting against back rest
  • lower armrests to reduce arm and shoulder tension
  • use a swivel chair to avoid twisting your body or head
  • adjust seating so feet flat on floor
  • thighs should be parallel to the floor
  • get a chair that encourages broader range of motion
  • use a footrest if can't comfortably reach floor at right chair height


  • lower work surface to reduce arm and shoulder tension
  • an "L" or "U" shaped workstation is most efficient
  • give yourself adequate knee space for ease of movement
  • use a headset or speakerphone to avoid hunching your shoulders
  • lower work surface if feet dangling or pressure on backs of thighs
  • realign your work station to avoid twisting head or body
  • rearrange work area to reduce excessive reaching and bending
  • place phone opposite to your writing hand on desk
  • regularly used supplies should be within arm's reach
  • "sit-stand" workstation will encourage movement throughout day


  • lower work surface to keep hands below your elbows
  • alternate hands when using a mouse for long periods
  • use electric stapler or hole punch when handling many documents
  • use a keyboard tray to keep wrists flat
  • split keyboard design keeps wrists from turning outward
  • change slope of keyboard to keep wrists flat
  • keep your mouse and keyboard as close to the body as possible
  • use a sharpened letter opener when dealing with a lot of mail
  • a light touch keyboard will prevent "pounding" the keys
  • use a padded hand / arm rest for hard or sharp surfaces
  • get in the habit of putting hands down to rest when not typing
  • provide arm support while using a mouse


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