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Setting Up Your VDT Workstation for Comfort and Productivity. Understanding the Goals of Workstation Arrangement. Comfort Productivity Neutral But Changing Postures. Head/Neck: Neutral Postures. Downward Line of Sight Angle 15 - 30 Degrees From Horizontal

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understanding the goals of workstation arrangement
Understanding the Goals of Workstation Arrangement
  • Comfort
  • Productivity
  • Neutral But Changing Postures
head neck neutral postures
Head/Neck: Neutral Postures
  • Downward Line of Sight Angle
  • 15 - 30 Degrees From Horizontal
  • Avoid Head Upright - Looking Straight Ahead
seated posture
Seated Posture
  • For Operators Who Alternate Keying With Other Tasks: Reclining Posture
  • For Operators Who Perform Intensive Keying: Non-Reclining Posture
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Seated Posture
  • Reclining Posture: Similar to the Posture One Assumes While Driving a Car
  • Non-Reclining Posture: More Upright With Leg-Thigh Angle at > 90 Degrees
    • To Accomplish This, Tilt the Seatpan Forward a Few Degrees
wrist arm shoulder posture
Wrist/Arm/Shoulder Posture
  • Hand/Wrist Should Align With Forearm During Keying
  • Elbows Should Rest Comfortably at the Sides
  • Shoulders Should Be Relaxed
arranging your workstation
Arranging Your Workstation
  • Changing One Workstation Setting May Affect the Requirements of Other Workstation Settings
  • Start With a Good Quality Adjustable Chair
  • Adjust the Seatpan Height to Your Dimensions
  • Feet Should Reach the Floor Comfortably
  • Select a Comfortable Recline
  • Adjust Arm Rests (if any)
  • Chairs Should Have Separate Seat and Backrest Tilt Mechanisms
  • Lock the Backrest Tilt to Your Preferred Recline
  • Adjust the Lumbar Support for the Lower Back
  • Chair Arm-Rests are Not Necessary But May Be Preferred
monitor location
Monitor Location
  • Position So That the Top of Monitor is Several Inches Below Eye Level
  • If Necessary, Remove Monitor From Atop CPU (set directly on top of desk or table)
  • Adjust the Desk or Table Height to Lower or Raise Monitor
  • Position Monitor Close Enough for Easy Reading, Usually 20-40 Inches Distance
  • Use Monitor Tilt Feature to Reduce Direct or Reflected Glare
  • If Necessary, Modify the Work Station Location in Relation to Light Sources or Windows
  • Place Monitor Facing 90 Degrees to Windows or Light Sources
keyboard arrangement
Keyboard Arrangement
  • Place Keyboard in Adjustable Keyboard Tray
  • Adjust Keyboard Height to Your Dimensions
  • Tilt Keyboard Tray Forward or Backward to Encourage Neutral Hand/Wrist Posture
  • Check for Thigh Clearance Under Tray
  • Modify Settings Until Comfortable
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Keyboard Arrangement
  • Negative Angle Keyboard Trays Have Improved Hand/Wrist Postures of Test Subjects
  • Using a Negative Angle Tray Places Keyboard Lower, Closer to One’s Lap
  • Operators Using a Negative Angle Tray May Prefer Their Mouse Pad Higher
mouse pads
Mouse Pads
  • Mouse Pad Can Be Attached to Keyboard Tray on Right or Left Side
  • Mouse Pad Should Be At Same General Height As Keyboard - But Need Not Exactly Match
  • Select Mouse Style for Comfort and Productivity
complete your workstation
Complete Your Workstation
  • Use a Headset If You Talk on Phone While Keying
  • Provide Adequate Space for Other Tasks (Writing, Reading, Dialing Telephone, etc.)
  • Position Frequently Used Materials Within Easy Reach
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Complete Your Workstation
  • Very Short Operators May Need a Footrest
    • Adjustable Footrests Are Preferred
  • Use a Copy Holder to Create Additional Desk-Top Space or Improve Head/Neck Posture
  • Avoid Clutter Which May Conflict With Needed Body Space
vdt operators
VDT Operators
  • Take Frequent Breaks and Move About
  • Re-Adjust Aspects of Your Workstation Periodically
  • Stretching and/or Exercise Can Make You Feel Better
  • Bifocal or Trifocal Lens Wearers May Need Separate Glasses for Computer Work