Desktop Ergonomics

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This Tech Tip was originally published as the March 2016 “Safety Pins” by Philip E. Spiezio, Safety Officer, Washington County Office of the Safety Officer

ergonomic desk set up

Ergonomics is the science of fitting the work environment to the worker.

Sitting at a desk looks easy, but a poor desktop design can make you feel like you have been lifting weights all day! Poor ergonomics increases the risk of developing musculoskeletal disorders like tendonitis or carpal tunnel syndrome. Working in a neutral body posture makes it less likely that you’ll develop these types of disorders.

The following are a few helpful hints for you to look at the next time you are sitting at a desk:

There is no set-up that is safe and comfortable for everyone, but following these basic guidelines will make your desktop more user-friendly.

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