Comfort Tips for Computer Users Stress and fatigue symptoms from working at computer terminals can be avoided with good posture, good work habits, and adjustments to the equipment on which you work. The following bps should help minimize these symptoms and maximize your personal comfort
All body angles - hips, knees, and elbows - should be at or around 900. Sit up with chair tilted back slightly. Your head should be upright facing forward. The backs of your knees should not be in contact with the chair seat with thighs approximately parallel to the floor, Your shoulders should be relaxed. Your feet should be flat on the floor, or on a foot rest Your back should be firmly supported. Your arms should rest lightly on the armrests of the chair. Your wrists should be straight and flat not bent backwards. Equipment Your keyboard angle should be adjustable as flat as possible and the keyboard* should be at elbow height. The top of your monitor should be slightly below eye level. Adjust your chair and the height of your keyboard so you can follow the above posture guidelines. Use a wrist rest if you find it difficult or tiring to hold your wrists level. Never plant your wrists on the wrist rest while you key. Use it to support your palms between keying activities. Adjust your monitor so the contrast is high, the brightness low. You may need to adjust it several times during the day, as room light changes. Tilt your screen to reduce glare or reflection. Try to have your monitor at right angles to windows or long banks of light. Keep the screen free of dust and fingerprints. If the display is blurry or jittery, report it to your supervisor. -Habits Work Use a lighter touch on the keyboard to reduce shock to your wrists. Use a document holder if you often type material from other sources. Task lighting may be necessary to read the material. Periodically focus your eyes on something at least 20 feet away. Take a minute every so often to stretch and vary your routine. o Periodically change your posture throughout the day. Build dynamic work into your day. You should perform 15 min. of non-keying activity for every 2 hours of keying. Do not cradle the telephone between your shoulder and neck while keying.
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