#Tweet At Us Tuesday!

It Tuesday! Do you know what that means? It’s #Tweet At Us Tuesday,our favourite blogpost day, where we reach out to our VIPs and help one lucky reader with their workstation set-up! Yes, the aim of this is to suggest simple changes to reduce ergonomic risks! We strive to provide real, effective, and timely advice, with loads of value! Thank you very much to this VIP for sending in this picture of their workstation!

We will try to give our best advice and ergonomic tips based on what we can see from this angle.

Observed Postures:

  • Awkward postures:
    • Neck rotation (twisting), this may lead to or contribute to neck discomfort overtime.
    • Side reaching when mousing. Awkward side reaching is usually a critical risk factor that can lead to a lot of discomfort in the shoulders and neck, and for this reason is usually one of the highest priorities to adjust for many users, even if they are not experiencing any shoulder/neck discomfort.
  • Sitting:
    • It’s difficult to see in this picture, but it looks like the user is leaning forward and not fully using the back support.
    • The sweatshirt on the chair can reduce comfort which may contribute to this posture!
  • Soft tissue compression:
    • There seems to be soft tissue compression on underside of mousing wrist and wrist rest. The wrist rest looks like it is made of a dense material.
    • Overtime soft tissue compression can lead to wrist discomfort.
  • Forceful gripping
    • It is difficult to decipher this with only a photo, but it seems like the user is gripping the mouse forcibly rather than just a light grip.

Suggested Adjustments:

  • Monitor Optimization.
    • The main monitor should always be located directed in front of the user. However, if this person uses both monitors equally, then both monitors should be placed in a relatively central position.
    • The monitor looks like it is too far for the user. Ensure that the monitor is within one arm’s length away. This can reduce the observed leaned forward postures.
    • The monitor also looks too high for the user. The top of the monitor should be slightly below the user’s neutral eye height. By placing the monitor in a more neutral position, the user will likely note a reduction in neck discomfort. This adjustment can also reduce leaned forward postures.
  • Mousing Optimization.
    • Slide the keyboard to the right so that the G/H keys are centred between the main monitor and the user’s nose.
    • The ideal mousing location is to have the mouse directly inline with the left shoulder position. By shifting the keyboard to the right, not only will it free up more space to mouse, but it would also eliminate the awkward side reaching that we saw in the above picture.
  • Keyboard Tray Height
    • One indicator that the keyboard is too high is the soft tissue compression observed on the left mousing wrist.
    • Adjust the keyboard tray so that the top of the keyboard/mouse are slightly below neutral elbow posture.
      • Neutral elbow posture is where the elbows are positioned at 90 degrees with a relaxed shoulder position.
  • Chair Posture
    • One of the most helpful ways to reduce the risks for back pain is to lean fully into the back of the chair.
    • If it’s not fully comfortable, try some adjustments!
  • Habits
    • Ensure that the mouse is being used with a light grip.

Tweet at us Tuesday!

 

Through the administration of countless assessments in both private and public sectors, Darcie has gained a wealth of knowledge and built a successful practice in the field of ergonomics. She has extensive expertise in conducting office ergonomics assessments in large scale workplaces for all different types of scenarios, from simple adjustments to incredibly complex cases. Darcie also has vast experience in delivering training presentations on the various aspects of ergonomics “best practices” in the workplace. Darcie is a Certified Professional Ergonomist through the Board of Certification in Professional Ergonomics, as recognized by the International Ergonomics Association. She also has a Masters of Science, specializing in ergonomics. A little known fact about Darcie is that she once scored from half, off a free kick, in a university varsity soccer (football) match!

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