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Computer Workstation Set Up

A quick and easy way to ensure you are set up correctly

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 20 - 35mm between the front edge of the chair's seat pan 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 lowest part of your elbow is about the same height as the desk top (when your hands are placed on the keyboard).

  • If your desk is at a fixed height and is too low (i.e. the lowest part of your elbow is much higher than the desk top surface), then you will have to install desk raisers in order to raise the desk up to the base of your elbow).
  • If your desk is at a fixed height but is too high (i.e. the lowest part of your elbow is much lower than the desk top surface), then you will need to raise the chair height and install a foot rest until you ensure that the lowest part of your elbow is the same height as the desk top.

3. Thirdly, raise (or lower) the monitor so that the top of the working screen (i.e. the part of the screen just below the header menu) 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.
  • If you are wearing progressive lense glasses, then the screen will need to be lowered by 50 - 80mm.

4. Fourthly, position your chair close enough to your desk so that, when your hands are on the keyboard, your elbows do not move forward of your tummy button (i.e elbows in line with your body).

Things to keep in mind:

  • Ensure your mouse is positioned adjacent to the keyboard.
  • If a document holder is required, then use an inline-copyholder which is positioned between the keyboard and monitor screen.

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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