Now that you are aware of the job tasks you perform and the risk factors
leading to MSDs, you are ready to look at the setup and organization of
the furniture and equipment in your work space. The action goals that
follow will help you reduce or eliminate some of these risks. They are
written to help you work safely.
The following action goals describe the best way to work
at your work station. This section will help you to know where to start
looking for problems at your work station. After reading these goals,
complete the Checklist on page 7. If you are unable to answer questions
on the Checklist because you need additional information about an action
goal, or if you answer NO to any item on the checklist, go
to the page indicated where the action goal is covered in greater detail.
1a-b. Your feet are
resting comfortably on the floor or on a footrest, and your knees
are slightly lower than your hips.
is a 2- to 4-inch gap between the back of your knees and the front
edge of the chair when your back is against the chair.
curve of the chair back fits into the deepest part of the curve
in your lower back.
back of the chair is upright or tilted back for comfort, and provides
upper back support.
are adjusted so that they are just slightly below your elbows
when your shoulders are relaxed.
do not interfere with access to the keying, mousing or writing
shoulders are relaxed, and your elbows are close to your body.
elbows are bent to 90 degrees or slightly greater (inner angle).
tops of the home row keys are at the same height as
your elbows, or slightly lower than your elbows.
wrists are straight (not bent).
WHEN POSITIONING THE CURSOR WITH A POINTING
(using a mouse, trackball, touch pad, etc.)
pointing device is close to the keyboard.