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Read our top tips on maximising your workstation ergonomics

  • Are you comfortable when you are working at your workstation?
  • Are you experiencing any fatigue, pain or stress when you are working at your workstation?
  • Is the workstation affecting the quality of your work?
  • Do you get pain at the end of the day that you feel is related to your workstation position?

If you answer yes to any of the questions, it would be worth while talking to your employer regarding having a workstation review. Please note that if you are regularly using your workstation, your employer has a duty to help you minimise the risks of injury.

Make sure you have a workplace ergonomics assessment

Often when people are concerned about their workstation, their employer will organise an ergonomics assessment. A workplace ergonomics assessment basically means you will be assessed for the fit between your body and your workstation. The assessment is done to ensure that the equipment is setup in such a way that it is comfortable and reduces the risk of any potential injury. Ergonomic assessments are normally completed by specialist physiotherapists or other health professionals and can take between 40 minutes and 1 hour to complete.

Make sure the desk is not cluttered

If your desk is cluttered you are more likely to have to work in awkward positions that put your joints under more stress.

Make use of document holders

Document holders are designed to keep documents in an upright position that is close to and in line with the keyboard and monitor. This is thought to help maintain good neck and back posture in order to enhance comfort and reduce the risk of injury. Document holders are particularly useful if you have to copy lots of information from paper to a computer.

Keep your keyboard and mouse in good alignment

When using the keyboard and mouse, you should make sure that you are able to keep your fingers and wrist relatively straight and in line with the rest of the arm. If you rest your weight on the edge of the desk you can increase pressure on your wrist joint. To avoid this, ensure there is a space in front of the keyboard where you can rest your hands during breaks.< /p>

Be gentle on your workplace tools

Don't press mouse buttons or type on the keyboard buttons too hard. Softer presses protect your joints and reduce wear on the equipment.

Use smart shelving

Arrange any stored items so that the most frequently used ones are kept between the waist and shoulder height and are closest to the position that you are working in./p>

Have regular rest breaks in the day

As with all activities, it is worth taking regular breaks from using the laptop. We often recommend that people have a quick walk around and stretch the shoulder and neck muscles during the break.