An appropriately adjusted desk will allow you to sit comfortably at your workstation, while also reducing awkward postures and discomfort.
- Keep your desk neat and organized;
- Pull into the desk to place the upper arms in line with the spine;
- Make sure your body is centered on the home keys of the keyboard.
Phone: Wear a headset if you spend more than 50 percent of your day on the phone, and keep phone within arm’s reach
Document Holder: Prevent repetitive neck movements (i.e., looking up and down), use if you spend majority of your day copying documents
Foot Rests: Use to keep feet flat while in seated position to prevent back strain (90 degree, 90 degree, 90 degree rule)
Adjustable Keyboard Tray: Creates room on one’s desktop while also aligning the wrists to a neutral position for typing
Clearance: Avoid storing items underneath your desk. This will allow you to pull into the workstation and assist with maintaining the upper arms in line with the spine.
Clutter: Keeping your workstation neat and organized can help with reducing reaching and twisting movements, as well as create a conducive working environment.
The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration also provides guidelines for setting up workstations properly.
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Brian Cournoyer, Occupational Health and Safety Manager
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Matthew Smith, Occupational Health and Safety Specialist
Phone: (603) 862-4266