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Computer Workstation Set Up

A practical guide to carry out a Workstation Assessment 

Here's a quick and easy method to check your Workstation Set Up.

Note, this is not intended to replace a full on-site professional Workstation Assessment, but rather give you a good appreciation of the issues involved.

Getting the heights right!

For most Workstation set ups, when seated at a desk, there are three things that can have their height varied:

(a) The Chair

(b) The Desk

(c) The Monitor

As long as two of these are adjustable, correct set up can be acheived.

Seated posture

1. Firstly, raise (or lower) the chair until your feet are flat on the floor with your thighs slightly sloping downwards to your knees. (i.e. 90⁰ - 120⁰ angle between upper body and thighs).

Things to keep in mind:

  • Ensure the lumbar support on the chair back fits into the lower curve of your spine.
  • Allow 50 - 75mm between the edge of the seat and the back of your knees.
  • Lean back slightly into the chair. This will help ease pressure on the lower back.

2. Secondly, raise (or lower) the desk so that the angle at your elbow between your upper and lower part of your arm is between 90⁰ - 120⁰ when your hands are resting on the desk top surface.

  • If your desk is at a fixed height and is too low (i.e. your thighs touch the underneath of the table and the angle at your elbows is greater than 120⁰), then you will have to install desk raisers in order to achieve the correct elbow angle.
  • If your desk is at a fixed height and is too high (i.e. your hands are too high with less thana90⁰ angle at your elbows), then you will need to install a foot rest and then increase the chair height until you achieve the correct elbow angle of between 90⁰ - 120⁰.

3. Thirdly, raise (or lower) the monitor so that the top of the screen is approximately horizontal with your eyes.

Things to keep in mind:

  • The monitor should be positioned about an arm's length away from you when seated.
  • Ensure there is no reflected glare off the screen from overhead lighting or nearby windows.

4. Fourthly, position your chair close enough to your desk so that when your hands are on the keyboard, the upper part of your arm is roughly inline with your upper body (as you lean back slightly into the chair).

Things to keep in mind:

  • Ensure your mouse is positioned adjacent to the keyboard.
  • If a document holder is required, use an inline one positioned between the keyboard and monitor.

Booking a comprehensive, professional workstation assessment

If you want to take things one step further and book a professional, comprehensive workstations assessment for you or your staff, please feel free to get in touch or click here for more information.

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