Proper ergonomics

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22 Nov 2016 - General


Choose a chair that supports your spinal curves. Adjust the height of your chair so that your feet rest flat on the floor or on a footrest and your thighs are parallel to the floor. 

Key objects

Keep key objects, such as your Handphone, pen or paper, close to your body to minimize reaching. Stand up to reach anything that can't be comfortably reached while sitting.

Keyboard and mouse

Place your mouse within easy reach and on the same surface as your keyboard. While typing or using your mouse, keep your wrists straight, your upper arms close to your body, and your hands at or slightly below the level of your elbows.


If you frequently talk on the phone and type or write at the same time, place your phone on speaker or use a headset rather than hanging the phone between your head and neck.


If your chair is too high for you to rest your feet flat on the floor, or the height of your desk requires you to raise the height of your chair, use a footrest. If a footrest is not available, try using a small stool.


Place the monitor directly in front of you, about an arm's length away. The top of the screen should be at or slightly below eye level. The monitor should be directly behind your keyboard.


Under the desk, make sure there's clearance for your knees, thighs and feet. If the desk is too low and can't be adjusted, place sturdy boards or blocks under the desk legs. If the desk is too high and can't be adjusted, raise your chair. 

@ Alan Rosmadi Thank you for the reminder on proper ergonomics. Ergonomics are one of my favorite topics to discuss because prolonged improper posture are a common cause of overuse syndromes such as carpal tunnel syndromes and mechanical low back pain. For those using mouse and keyboard, I would like to add the need for an arm rest that is parallel to the table. This keeps both the elbows and wrist in a relaxed position while taking load off the trapezius muscle. Thank you for mentioning tips on...
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Kathleen Peralta i have not seen or experienced these training in the hospital settings. But i did encounter and went through these training in the offshore industry where the emphasis on safety and health is greatly pressed on. The result of these training is wonderful whereby people from many background of work come together and remind themselves about the importance of keeping our body healthy and in good shap...
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This is a good reminder to us healthcare professionals that we should always keep in mind how to safely and properly position or move whilst at work. In UK, moving and handling training is mandatory in the healthcare setting as part of health and safety at work act. Even if other staff are not directly involve with the patient, they are still trained, specifically focuses on inanimate objects. Moving and handling training aims to promote safety at work and reduce work related injuries such as ba...
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