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HEALTHY COMPUTING EMAIL TIP 569: GOOD WORKING POSITION

Incorrect working positions increase the risk of stress and strain on the muscles, tendons, and skeletal system while computing. To maintain health and reduce your risk of developing musculoskeletal disorders, place yourself in a GOOD WORKING POSITION.

 

HOW TO PLACE YOURSELF IN A GOOD WORKING POSITION:*

Do the following to maintain neutral body postures--comfortable working posture in which your joints are naturally aligned--while working at the computer workstation:

--Hands, wrists, and forearms are straight, in-line and roughly parallel to the floor.

--Head is level or bent slightly forward, forward facing, and balanced. Generally it is in-line with the torso.

--Shoulders are relaxed and upper arms hang normally at the side of the body.

--Elbows stay in close to the body and are bent between 90 and 120 degrees.

--Feet are fully supported by floor or footrest.

--Back is fully supported with appropriate lumbar support when sitting vertical or leaning back slightly.

--Thighs and hips are supported by a well-padded seat and generally parallel to the floor.

--Knees are about the same height as the hips with the feet slightly forward.

Working in the same posture or sitting still for prolonged periods is not healthy. You should change your working position frequently throughout the day in the following ways:

--Make small adjustments to your chair or backrest.

--Stretch your fingers, hands, arms, and torso.

--Periodically, stand up and walk around for a few minutes.

 

*Adapted from:

http://www.osha.gov/SLTC/etools/computerworkstations/positions.html

 

The Institute for Holistic Healing Studies and Human Resources sponsor the distribution of Healthy Computing Email Tips. Copyright 2009 Erik Peper, Ph.D. and Katherine Hughes Gibney. Permission to copy and distribute Healthy Computing Email Tips for personal use is granted. Distribution or copying of Healthy Computing Email Tips for commercial purposes is prohibited without prior written consent of the copyright holders.
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