Mouse Ergonomics

An important part of the workstation is the computer mouse.  It is typically the main way to navigate content on the computer, and can involve repetitive hand and wrist movements.  It is important to know what options exist for computer mice, and what type is best for you.  Below are some options for workstation computer mice.

Roller Mouse

  • Eliminates the need for grip and reach—reduces stress on neck, shoulders, elbow, and wrist     Scroll bar control of cursor allows for movement in all directions of cursor
  • Compatible with all common Mac & Windows operating systems
  • Can customize click force and cursor speed
  • Integrated wrist rest

Vertical Mouse

  • Supports hand and wrist in a neutral position
  • Can decrease wrist pain
  • Can be used for right or left hand
  • Standard size and smaller size

Mouse Bridge

Can be placed over the numerical pad on a keyboard to place the mouse in a better position for frequent use

Positioning of Mouse

  • Place mouse as close to the keyboard as possible and at the same height of the keyboard (does not apply to roller mouse)
  • Try using shortcut keys on the keyboard more frequently instead of the mouse
  • Don't hold a mouse or pointing device too tightly or for too long
  • Rotate mouse on a periodic basis to the other side of your keyboard to break up repetitive motion
  • Utilize a gel wrist rest to prevent wrist from resting on a hard surface

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Contact Information

Brian Cournoyer, Occupational Health and Safety Manager
Phone: (603) 862-4761

Matthew Smith, Occupational Health and Safety Coordinator
Phone: (603) 862-4266