You will not be able to benefit from these instructions unless you know how to adjust your chair. If you are unfamiliar with the controls, consult your Health & Safety Advisor or chair supplier. - Avoid sustained static postures. Remember that even appropriate postures become inappropriate when maintained for too long.
These drawings illustrate the most common posture problems and solutions to them using standard rectangular workstations. They are for guidance only and will suit the majority of situations. The products illustrated are representative rather than definitive (foot rests, for example, will not always be necessary). Corner or shaped desks may require slightly different configurations. Best practice will depend upon the needs of the individual and the nature of the activities involved.
G4. Arrange your desk layout to make best use of available space. Use your mouse (or pointing device) close to the keyboard. Document management is very important. If you need to look at the keyboard when typing, the best place for the document holder is between the monitor and the keyboard. Other tools, such as the telephone, should also be readily accessible without stretching and twisting. If you write whilst using the telephone, hold the handset with your “non-writing” hand. A headset will dramatically improve comfort and convenience.
G5a. Make sure there is a comfortable viewing distance between your eyes and the screen and have some space between the keyboard and the front of the desk. Place the screen in front of you so that you face it without twisting your neck or body. Ensure your legs are not obstructed by any drawers under the desk. If your PC is occupying too much desk space, move it off the desk.
G5b. If you do not use the numeric keypad extensively, consider a mini keyboard. This brings the mouse/trackball much closer to you on the right and can reduce muscle tension significantly.
G6. Clear the space under the desk so that you can place your legs underneath it without twisting or leaning forward. If the drawers or pedestal are free-standing or detachable and you have sufficient space, create further legroom by moving them clear of the desk.
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