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 Ergonomics in Office

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:
        a) Chair
        b) Keyboard and Mouse
        c) Monitor
        d) Workspace

           a)      Chair Setup

  • To get a neural supported posture, the different aspects of the chair is adjusted to meet your needs. It includes:

Chair Height

  • 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.

          c)      Monitor

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.

Dual Monitors

  •  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.


          d) Workspace
Workspace Setup
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.