Fact Sheet

Setting up an Ergonomically Sound Computer Work Station

Ergonomics is the science of fitting workplace conditions and job demands to the capabilities of workers. Musculoskeletal disorders, such as carpal tunnel syndrome, tenosynovitis, tension neck syndrome and low back pain, are the problem and ergonomics is a solution.

Hazards

  1. Long hours at a poorly designed computer workstation can cause pains in the neck and back, shoulders, lower extremities, arms, wrists, hands, eyestrain, and a general feeling of tension and irritability.
  2. Disabling accidents can occur within the office as a result of strain and overexertion.

Recommendations

Computer workstations should be designed to be adjustable to the individual whether it is in an office space or a warehouse or in the field in order to avoid strain.

The following guidelines can be taught to employees, re-enforced by supervisors, and implemented through purchasing programs that give guidelines and authorized funds to buy adjustable desks, chairs and monitors.

Work Station

Chairs

Monitor

References

NIOSH Safety and Health Topic: Ergonomics and Musculoskeletal Disorders

OSHA Effective Ergonomics: Strategy for Success

OSHA eTool: Computer Workstations

OSHA Computer Workstations Evaluation Checklist

OSHA Computer Workstations Purchasing Guide Checklist

OSHA Safety and Health Topics: Computer Workstations

Safe Lifting and Stretching Checklist

Safe Workstation Checklist