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TOPIC: OFFICE PERSONNEL – COMPUTER WORKSTATIONS
OBJECTIVE: TO ENSURE SAFE WORKING CONDITIONS FOR OFFICE PERSONNEL
- The work surface should be of sufficient area to accommodate the computer and all associated materials. There should be adequate space beneath this surface for the operator’s legs and feet.
- The keyboard should be directly in front of the operator at a height that favours a neutral posture.
- When placed at standard desk height, the keyboard is too high for most people. Raising the chair solves this problem for some individuals.
- The monitor should be positioned at an approximate distance of an arm’s length and directly in front of, or slightly to one side of the operator.
- The top of the screen should be no higher than eye level.
- Stackable monitor blocks can be used to achieve the desired height.
- A well-designed chair will favourably affect posture, circulation, the amount of effort required to maintain good posture, and the amount of strain on the back.
- An adjustable seat back is best for support in the lumbar region.
- The user should be able to adjust seat height.
- Glare should be eliminated through methods that include reduction of room lighting; shielding windows with shades, curtains, or blinds; positioning the terminal at a right angle to windows; and tilting the monitor to avoid reflection from overhead lighting.
- All computer users should receive basic training in potential health effects that may result from poor posture and work habits, early warning symptoms, workstation adjustment, and other self-help protective measures.
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