The ergonomics design of the computer workstation is applicable in the office environment and wherever you find yourself working. How you set up the space and work has a big impact on reducing the use of awkward postures and for the risk of injury. For those who are finding themselves working at home, here are some ergonomics tips to follow: Create a Dedicated Workspace – Identify a space with a desk or table that can be dedicated for computer use. Do not work while sitting on a bed or couch for long periods of time. • Monitor/Keyboard/Mouse: Use a separate monitor, keyboard and mouse; if using a laptop place on a stand or books. • Chair: Use a chair with low back support and seated cushion. For a kitchen or dining chair insert a seat cushions and roll up a soft towel or blanket to place in your lower back area. • Phone: Use the speakerphone or microphone/voice activation for cell phone texting. Do not brace the handset or cell phone between the neck and shoulder. Leave Food in the Kitchen – To help allow enough space to use computer equipment properly, especially the keyboard and mouse, try keeping food in the kitchen. Having two distinct spaces will allow for focused time to work and enjoyable time to eat. Use Ample Natural Lighting – Create the dedicated workspace with as much natural lighting as possible. Don’t tuck away in a dark corner, but instead use good lighting to improve performance. Use lamps where needed. Place the work area perpendicular to windows to reduce glare. Drink Lots of Water and Take Breaks Throughout the Day – Drink water consistently throughout the day. Take movement breaks every half hour and change postures when starting to fatigue. Click here for ergonomic workstation best practices to ensure a neutral posture at home.
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