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Computer Workstations

Red ring marks top of monitor Red rings mark neck and shoulder Top of monitor at or just below eye level
Head and neck balanced and in-line with torso
Shoulders relaxed
Red ring marks fingers on keyboard
Computer desk Red ring marks wrist, elbow and armrest
Elbows close to body and supported
Lower back supported
Chair controls
Wrist and hands in-line with forearms
Computer tower Red ring marks feet Chair with five-leg base
Adequate room for keyboard and mouse
Feet flat on the floor
Millions of people work with computers every day. This eTool* illustrates simple, inexpensive principles that will help you create a safe and comfortable computer workstation. There is no single “correct” posture or arrangement of components that will fit everyone. However, there are basic design goals, some of which are shown in the accompanying figure, to consider when setting up a computer workstation or performing computer-related tasks.

Consider your workstation as you read through each section and see if you can identify areas for improvement in posture, component placement, or work environment. This eTool provides suggestions to minimize or eliminate identified problems, and allows you to create your own "custom-fit" computer workstation.

Use a Checklist!
Knowledge is the KeyUse the evaluation checklist to analyze existing workstations. Use the purchasing guide checklist to evaluate new purchases.
Quick Tips
Look for quick tip boxes to provide basic solutions for common hazards. A more in-depth look at computer workstation hazards and solutions can be found further down the page of each section.
*eTools are web-based products that provide guidance information for developing a comprehensive safety and health program. They include recommendations for good industry practice that often go beyond specific OSHA mandates. As indicated in the disclaimer, eTools do not create new OSHA requirements.

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