Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Tips to prevent repetitive injury at the office

Since the 1980s, computers have transformed the way people work and live. Although computers bring obvious value to the workplace and improve life overall, repetitive injuries derived from sitting in front of a keyboard for hours causes work absenteeism and other problems. A few steps simple steps can keep the workforce safe and injury-free.

First, use a keyboard tray to better protect the wrists and forearms. Make sure the keyboard is low enough - elbows should not be bent more than 90 degrees. Consider keyboard trays that come with a mouse pad with perimeter lip, which will keep the mouse from sliding away, reducing wrist and arm movements.

Next, use monitor armsThe adjustability of the monitor arms provides the user with important ergonomic support. Choose one with adjustable mount mechanism to enable easy vertical and focal adjustment to reduce glare. 

Encourage employees to take regular breaks and walk around or stretch. Try not to sit in front of a computer for more than 40 minutes at a time without readjusting body position.

Finally, when typing, keep the wrists straight and the hands warm. Stretch the arms and wrists often. 

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