What is Ergonomics?
Basically, Ergonomics means your work equipment and work environment fitting in with you, which in turn will help with the persons comfort, aid productivity and efficiency.
“Ergonomics (or human factors) is the scientific discipline concerned with the understanding of the interactions among human and other elements of a system, and the profession that applies the theory, principles, data and methods to design in order to optimize human well-being and overall system performance” (IEAE 2000)
Ergonomics and Display Screen Equipment
When working with computers and laptops it is very important that the person using these devices has their work display screen equipment (DSE) set up in a way that is comfortable and safe for them to use, which will help reduce musculoskeletal disorders.
What can you do to ensure that your work station is ergonomic?
- To avoid aches and pains, don’t sit in front of a computer/laptop for more than 45-60minutes. Get up, move around, and have a stretch. Micro breaks are better than waiting hours for a longer break.
- Is the lighting adequate in the room, is it too bright or dim? Think about the effect poor lighting can have on your eyes, such as eye strain.
- Make sure you have regular eyes tests
- The top of the computer screen should be at eye level to help prevent neck and shoulder problems
- You should be able to use your mouse and keyboard without stretching. There are different mouse models on the market that are suitable for people with arthritis, trigger finger etc.
- Ergonomic keyboards come in different shapes and sizes with some having larger keys spaced apart for people with limited fine motor skills. Make sure your mouse and keyboard are suitable for your needs, we are not all the same!
- Your chair should be adjustable and at the right height for correct screen positioning. You should sit right back in your chair against the back rest to give support to the curve in the lower back. Make sure your feet are flat on the floor or on a footrest
- Screen glare can be a big problem. Position screens away from direct sunlight and light that can reflect off the computer screen and if this isn’t possible consider an antiglare screen filter
- Carry out a DSE Risk Assessment
USC deliver DSE Risk Assessment Courses. Why not have a look at
the course content on this website and see if this is something we
can help your organization with.
Reference: International Ergonomics Association Executive Council, August 2000