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Posted on 06-25-2010

An improper ergonomic setup of an office space can lead to neck and back pain along with other musculoskeletal complaints. In fact, after the common cold, back pain is the most common reason people miss work. Having an ergonomically sound office setup will not only reduce your risk for these injuries but it can also increase your productivity. Here is a short list of tips that you can use to make your office setup more ergonomically sound.

  • The computer monitor should be about arms length away give or take about 6 inches.
  • Elbows should be bent 90 degrees and should not rest on the arm rest while typing or mousing.
  • Your knees should be about 2 inches away from the front of your seat.
  • Sit upright. Do not slouch. Add a lumbar support if you do not touch the back rest.
  • Keyboard should be tilted down about 5 degrees. If this is not possible at least lay the keyboard flat.
  • Your feet should be flat on the ground. If this is not possible use an adjustable footrest. Most are inexpensive.
  • If you are on the phone a lot consider using a headset.

For further ergonomic tips and an ergonomic check list check out OSHA's website at: http://www.osha.gov/SLTC/etools/computerworkstations/index.html

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