Did you know that October is National Ergonomics Month?! The Human Factors and Ergonomics Society has designated each October as National Ergonomics Month (NEM) in order to focus on promoting ergonomics to corporate executives, students, and the general public. During National Ergonomics Month, an entire 31 days is devoted to teaching the world about the importance of applying ergonomics in the workplace!! NEM is also known as Occupational Ergonomics Month (OEM) which is a global outreach campaign during the month of October which focuses on increasing awareness and encouraging the application of ergonomics in order to improve the work environment and find the best fit between workers and their jobs. Both NEM and OEM dedicate the month of October to striving for better efficiency, comfort, productivity, health, and safety in the workplace!!
As the leading provider of innovative ergonomic LCD monitor mounts, arms, and ergonomic workspace solutions, because it is National Ergonomics Month, we at Ergotech are going to take this opportunity to share with you some proper ergonomics tips that we hope you will use to improve your own habits and routines in the workplace!
1. If you do not already have one, you should definitely think about purchasing a fully adjustable chair. Your seat height should be adjusted so that the entire soles of both of your feet can rest flat on the floor, the highest point of the seat is just below your kneecaps, and you are able to bend your legs comfortably at the knees. The height of your backrest should ensure firm support of the small of your lower back, and your elbows should rest lightly on your armrests so that your wrists can be in a neutral position while typing. Finally, your seat should allow for complete and comfortable thigh support. In a perfectly ergonomic world, your desk chair should have five or more legs at the base and a full 360 degree swivel!
The next several tips (#2-5) will teach you how you can properly position your computer monitor on your work surface in order to prevent any eye strain, neck and/or back pain, and shoulder fatigue:
2. Position your monitor screen in order to minimize any glare that may come from any overhead or window light.
3. In order to avoid straining your neck, position the top edge of your monitor screen so that it is exactly at your eye level. This will ensure that you can see everything on your screen clearly without having to look up at all.
4. Your monitor should be placed about an arm’s length away from your eyes, and you should center your body in front of your monitor and keyboard.
5. Make sure that you have adequate space on your work surface so that your most frequently used items can be conveniently and comfortably reached. This will help to avoid any unnecessary twisting, reaching, and/or straining.
6. In order to minimize any strain on your wrist, choose a mouse that is as flat as possible and will fit comfortably within your hand.
7. Place your keyboard and mouse together on a platform that is beneath your monitor and directly in front of where you sit at your desk.
8. Always keep your wrists straight and try to maintain a 90 degree angle between your upper arms and forearms while using both your keyboard and your mouse.
10. Never rest your wrists while typing or using your mouse – even if you have a wrist rest! Only use your wrist rest when you are taking a break from either of these activities. While typing and/or operating your mouse, try and keep your wrists in a neutral position in order to minimize any wrist strain.
Finally, you should try to avoid remaining in one position for an extended period of time and repeating the same motions over and over again. You should definitely make an effort to vary your tasks in order to switch up your body position and encourage different movements. The space beneath your work surface should have sufficient room above your legs to allow for different positions, such as the comfortable crossing of your legs. You should always remember that your body is not meant to sit still for long periods of time, even if you are sitting in perfect posture. You should take regular breaks to stand up, stretch your muscles, and even walk around as often as you like in order to increase energy levels, stimulate circulation and brain activity, fight fatigue, and keep yourself alert and focused throughout your workday.
With all of that said, I hope that this information was useful and that you will be able to apply it in your own workplace in order to ultimately improve your productivity and enhance your satisfaction with your job! Again, I wish you a very Happy National Ergonomics Month, and I encourage you to check out our website (www.ergotechgroup.com) for more information about innovative ergonomics workspace solutions!