If you are reading this, odds are there is probably a computer screen involved. And you may be one of the 400,000 U.S. workers that lost an average of 8 days away from work due to a musculoskeletal injury in 2004, as reported by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Work-related injuries due to poor office ergonomics is a constant burden for many companies. When was the last time you or your employees have had a computer station ergonomic evaluation? If it's been awhile, then try these recommendations from our lead ergonomist Karl Siegfried at MEMIC:
- Position your head so your ears are over your shoulders
- Place screen monitor 18-24 inches from your eyes
- Adjust your monitor’s height so it’s in direct line of your sight
- Relax your shoulders
- Keep upper arms in line with your torso
- Put elbows at 90 degrees and close to the torso
- Make sure wrists are in neutral posture. They should not be bent up or down.
- Place mouse on same plane as your keyboard
- Use a chair with a good lumbar support
- Keep feet flat on the floor. If your feet do not reach the floor, use a foot rest
For more information, download our Office Ergonomics: A Guide to Creating a Safe Office Environment.