Ergonomics are an important factor in preventing injury in the workplace. The seating position of an office worker who uses a computer for work activities is crucial to avoid repetitive strain injuries and other posture related conditions.
Key points to note in a good ergonomic position:
- The body is directly in front of the keyboard and centred
- Feet are resting flat on the floor or on a footrest
- The top of the monitor screen should be slightly below eye level
- Forearms should be tilted slightly up or level
- The chair should fully support the lower back
- Wrists are not resting on the desk during typing
- Legs are kept horizontal
Having an office policy to reinforce these points and encouraging and assisting employees to keep a supportive body position will in turn help to reduce work related injury.
New workers should have an ergonomics check to provide any footrests or suggest any adjustments they can make to their workstations and existing employees should be able to approach HR about any concerns and have checks made periodically.
Many of the changes that can be made would be at no cost, or minimal cost to the company but can help worker satisfaction and reduce the number of days taken with workplace injuries.
Training can be given to managers, staff and supervisors to encourage them to take action to avoid fatigue and accidents at work. Simple techniques like stretching can mean the difference between a repetitive wrist injury and a healthy worker.
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Date Published: April 27, 2015
Author: Accident Advice