Computer Ergonomics - Avoiding MSD and RSI
Safety & Comfort Checklist (Summary)
Use this checklist as a reminder when adjusting your workstation ergonomics to
increase your comfort at work or play, and to reduce your risk for MSD/RSI.
- Keep your forearms and wrists parallel with the floor when you type or use the mouse.
Do not angle your forearms up or down.
- Type with your wrists in a natural, straight position. Avoid bending, arching, or angling your wrists.
- Ensure your chair height allows you to maintain the proper arm and hand position.
- Be sure your chair supports your lower back.
- Rest your feet flat on the floor or on a foot rest.
- Use the minimum amount of force needed to push down keys and mouse buttons.
- Take periodic breaks when working at your computer for prolonged periods.
- Arrange your monitor for comfortable viewing – you should be able to see the entire display without tilting your head back.
- Vary your tasks during the day to avoid sitting in one position or performing repetitive motions for
several hours without interruption.
- Avoid reflections and glare on the monitor display by careful placement of the monitor, and by controlling room lighting.
- Have your eyes examined regularly by a vision care specialist.
- Stretch and exercise several times a day.
Wishing you happy and healthful computing!
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