Work Area and Lighting
- Choose an area suitable for your needs, ideally with a desk and office chair if available.
- Ensure there is adequate clearance for your knees and legs under the work surface.
- Avoid Resting your arms and writs on the work surface.
- Keep power cords and other trip hazards tidy and away from walking paths.
- Position your monitor so that it does not face direct sunlight or other sources of bright light, such as windows with no shades.
- Adjust window shades or add a task light to create adequate and comfortable lighting.
Chair and Posture
- Use an adjustable chair with lumbar back support.
- Avoid sitting on very soft couches, as they do not support the body evenly.
- Stand, stretch,or walk every hour to maintain blood flow and ease tension.
- Place the monitor directly in front of you about an arm’s length away.
- Position your monitor so that the top third of the monitor is level with your eyes.
- Position dual monitors directly in front of you with outermost edges tilted toward you when using each monitor equally.
Keyboard and Mouse
- If your desk height is too high, consider a height adjustable keyboard tray.
- Ensure the mouse is next to your keyboard.
- Ensure the keyboard and mouse cord length are adequate and free of tangles.
- Position the keyboard and mouse near the edge of the table.
- Avoid planting your writs during keyboard and mouse use.
- Use a small rolled up towel as a palm support when typing.
- Use an external keyboard and mouse when using a laptop for prolonged periods.