Computer Workstation - Ergonomics for Mouse Users Andrew Drewczynski Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety www.ccohs.ca
Common questions about using a computer mouse • What can I do to avoid discomfort and/or MS problems while using a computer keyboard along with the mouse? • What is the best position for the computer mouse?
What is Ergonomics? Ergonomics is the discipline that matches the job to the worker and the product to the user.
Workstation – One of the Job’s Most Important Components No one can work safely and comfortably at a sub-standard workstation
You and Your Workstation www.ccohs.ca/oshanswers/ergonomics/office/ fatigue
Task Design – Another of the Most Important Job’s Components Even the “best” workstation does not guarantee comfort and safety if tasks are poorly designed
Work/Rest- Breaks • Standard breaks • Computer work • Scheduled vs. Spontaneous Work-Breaks • 5 – 10 min every hour – a must • Micro-breaks? Mini-breaks? • What are those breaks for? (muscular tension must drop to 0) • Working in a hurry
Reduce Mouse Use • Function Keys vs. Mouse • Separate Typing from “Mousing”
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