Ergonomics in Office
• This section will provide information on setting up your office workstation using the ergonomics principles.
• Key areas to look while setting up your workstation in office are:
b) Keyboard and Mouse
a) Chair Setup
- To get a neural supported posture, the different aspects of the chair is adjusted to meet your needs. It includes:
- Adjust the height of chair so that your knee are within 90-110 degrees angle when your feet lands on floor or footrest.
Chair Backrest-(angle & height)
- Adjust height of backrest to a correct height support curve of your back.
- Adjust the angle of the backrest within 0-10 degree recline.
Seat Pan- (depth & angle)
- Adjust the seat pan forward or backward to ensure that chair does not contact with the back of your knees when your low back is in contact with the backrest.
- Adjust the angle of the seat pan to either parallel to the floor or slightly angled backwards towards the backrest.
b) Keyboard and Mouse
- To use the keyboard and mouse with seated neutral postures with relaxed arms and neutral wrists, adjust its height and position that fits your usage.
- Raise your chair until your elbows are at 90 degrees approximately when using mouse of keyboard.
- Position your keyboard a little away from table's edge to give an enough space for your wrists to rest comfortably on table while typing.
Monitor Height & Distance
- Raise or lower the height of screen such that the top line of text is in line with your eyes.
- Place the screen at a distance such that it is within the reach of your hands while sitting.
- Place the monitors at a proper position given you the neutral and relaxed postures while using them.
- If the usage of monitors is unbalanced, place the primary monitor at your midline.
- If the usage of both monitors is balanced, angle both monitors around your midline.
• Arrange the workspace such that you access the frequently used items easily while maintaining neutral postures.
• Place the items in workspace reach zones depending on their frequency of use.
Zone A: for regularly used items;
Zone B: for less frequently but still commonly used items; &
Zone C: for rarely used items.