Effective Ideas on Creating an Ergonomic Working Environment

Injuries caused by poor ergonomics are not so obvious like those caused by falls or getting hit by a sharp heavy objects, which is one of the main reason why ergonomics are often overlooked. But the truth is, these injuries can be just as detrimental to the workplace if their main causes are not controlled. First of the many other reasons why you need to spend some time and money to create an ergonomic working environment is to reduce the risk of musculoskeletal disorders. These disorders include tendonitis, carpal tunnel syndrome, ruptured discs, strained muscles which can further lead to reduced productivity, missed time, pain and even losing the ability to do your job. To avoid all this, here are some tips on how to create a more comfortable, ergonomic working environment.

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Get a Good Chair

If you have an office job, you are probably spending most of your time in a sitting position which is already very bad by itself. However, investing in a good-quality ergonomic computer chair can make everything better. Try to find an ergonomic computer chair that has adjustable height, provides lumbar support, includes armrests and seat pan depth settings. In case you are not able to reach the floor, you should use a footrest along with the chair.

Practice Good Posture

No matter how good your chair is, if you don’t sit properly the in it, it will still not work for you as it is supposed to. Now, maintaining a good seating position doesn’t mean you need to keep your body in the most comfortable working position, as comfortable does not mean ergonomically correct. You should keep your upper body up straight and your choice of office chair should help you in this by providing you with a good lumbar and back support. More movement and shifting positions throughout the day can also be useful and can significantly improve your comfort.


Make Your Computer Work for You

This means that the mouse and keyboard should be at the same level as your arms which are supported by the armrest of the chair. In other words, the mouse and keyboard should be at the level where your wrists remain straight. If you need to look at the documents quite often while you are working at the computer, consider a document holder. All the other essentials like pens or pencils, staplers, the phone should also be within reach.

Look after Your Eyes

If your eyes are pointed low while you are working at your computer you should consider a monitor stand and place it according to your eye level while your body is in a straight sitting position. Ensure that the monitor is placed properly without being angled, so you can look in it directly. If there is a window right next to your desk, place the monitor at the angle that will reduce glare as this can reduce the visibility.

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do.