Workplace Injuries on Computers
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Most important is to take frequent breaks from sitting at a computer, which encourages blood flow and circulation to the muscles. When planning your day, mix up your tasks to avoid long stretches of uninterrupted typing.
Work station adjustment is also crucial; your forearms should be roughly parallel to the floor and level with your keyboard. This position may require chair or even desk height adjustment. When changing chair height also ensure that your feet can be positioned flat on the floor. Most desk heights are positioned 28 to 30 inches off the floor. While this is optimal for writing, it's counter to computer work. If possible, choose a desk with an adjustable keyboard and mouse tray.
The eye prefers objects farther away, so avoid sitting too close to the screen, and frequently look away from it. As well, avoid positioning your primary light source, such as a window, directly at your face or your screen.
- Encourage your employer to consider the benefits of proper ergonomics in the workplace. Request adjustable chairs and desks.
Or as an employer, educate your workers about the dangers of RSI. Promote breaks and offer wellness incentives for those employees taking a proactive approach to their workday.
Proper identification of the symptoms and prevention will result in increased productivity.