Ergonomic keyboards are designed to help prevent carpal tunnel syndrome and other repetitive strain injuries typically associated with prolonged use of computers. They come in a variety of styles, prices and effectiveness.
Types of ergonomic keyboards available
On some ergonomic keyboards, shape and layout of keys more or less force users’ hands into positions that are near perfect to prevent repetitive strain disorders. Others feature programmable keys that allow users to perform actions typically requiring multiple keystrokes at the push of a single key, via programmed macros.
Some feature split keyboards, while others have track-pads or foot pedals to reduce the necessity to use a mouse.
Angles and combinations
Many provide users with the ability to tilt the keypad at varying angles to allow achievement of ultimate comfort for any user. In many cases, near-perfection is achieved by combining the ergonomic ‘natural wave shape’ with split keyboards; programmable keys, adjustable angles and other user-friendly features.
One company offers a full 3D keyboard that almost completely makes ulnar deviation, extension and pronation a thing of the past.
Employers and ergonomic keyboards
Considering their legal responsibility to prevent accidents at work and the development of occupational illnesses, employers really should invest in ergonomic keyboards to protect their employees’ well-being.
Perusing a variety of relevant reviews and getting expert advice will assist in finding the most suitable solution for any given environment. While none of the currently available ergonomic keyboards are cheap, the investment is well worth it when considering how many working hours are lost, and how much work injury compensation has to be paid out every year, as a direct result of office workers developing upper limb disorders.
Employees and ergonomic keyboards
Many injuries at work and occupational conditions can be prevented by employers taking the necessary steps to prevent them, such as investing in ergonomic keyboards, for example.
If an employee develops an industrial illness or has a work accident that could have been prevented by his or her employer, he or she could qualify for injury compensation.
If you suffer with an occupational disease or were injured at work because your employer was negligent in his or her duty to protect you, you should enlist the help of an Accident Advice Helpline injury solicitor.
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Date Published: March 2, 2015
Author: Accident Advice