Desktop Ergonomics Guide

While laptops and tablets are becoming more common in the workplace, desktop computers are still king. Addressing desktop ergonomics is much easier to set up to encourage proper posture.  Here are a few hints on desktop setup.

  1. Chair is the foundation – The proper chair will make your computing experience tolerable for those long projects.  A chair that provides proper postural support will have adjustable seat height, adjustable armrests, and adjustable lumbar support.
  2. Address desk height – The average computer workstation is ideally set up for the 6’4″ male.  WHY?  Well it is much easier for shorter people to fit under a desk that is bigger than for bigger people to fit in a smaller desk.  A proper desk height encourages a 90 degree bend at the elbows with the upper arms in-line with the body.  This means 95% of you will need to elevate your self to this posture or lower the work surface to you.
  3. Monitor height – Monitor height should be set up so you are looking straight ahead, with good seated posture, at the top of the monitor.  If you wear bifocals  then the monitor may be slightly lower.
  4. Remove the cords – If possible, purchase a desktop with cordless keyboard and mouse.  This will allow you flexibility to put the keyboard and mouse where it needs to be even if the workstation has limited space.  The keyboard and mouse should be close enough that you do not have to extend your arms forward to reach them.

Above all…..take postural breaks.  Hourly stretch your neck, shoulders, chest and arms.  If you have any questions contact us at ergonomics@petersenims.com or call at 480-833-1005