Ergonomics Assessment & Guidance

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   What is Ergonomics?

Ergonomics is defined by Oxford dictionary as the study of people’s efficiency in their working environment. One main detriment to the average persons working efficiency is sitting at a computer with poor posture, that can eventually have major negative effects on your structural health.  Work-related musculoskeletal disorders (WMSDs) are more common than ever before in human history. WMSDs are a group of painful disorders of muscles, tendons, and nerves. Carpal tunnel syndrome, tendonitis, thoracic outlet syndrome, and tension neck syndrome are prime examples.  Whether you are already suffering from a WMSD, or proactively trying to prevent anything from affecting you – we can help!

CO-TechPoint offers an in-home service to evaluate your workstation ergonomics, understand any special physical needs, and work within your budget to help ensure your long-term well-being.  This service may include workstation optimization, meaning we’ll help you get your workstation as close to your ideal ergonomic setup as possible, and monitor the results with you.  Adjustments to the setup can be made if needed and we will be there to assist.

Assessment completed by staff certified in Ergonomics by OSHA and the American Safety Council

   What should I do to improve posture?

The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) has conducted extensive research into the design and manufacture of computer workstations, accessories, and the workplace environment. This research is published in ANSI HFES 100-2007, Human Factors in the Engineering of Computer Workstations. This standard contains hardware design specifications for computer workstations and related equipment and details the configuration of the components and the ambient environment that surrounds the computer workstation.

This standard is specifically intended for moderate to intensive computer use and is designed to accommodate at least 90 percent of the population. ANSI recommends that implementation of the standard be performed by ergonomists and those trained in human factors engineering.

There are 10 general areas of concern

  1. Head – Should be level, not tilted or twisted
  2. Shoulders – Relaxed, elbows close to side
  3. Back rest – Should be tilted back 10 to 20 degrees
  4. Lumbar – Lower back should be supported by curve of chair
  5. Armrests – Should support forearms equally
  6. Wrists – Straight, in line with forearms
  7. Hips – Should fit comfortably into chair
  8. Back of knees – Small gap between knees and front of seat
  9. Knees – Level or slightly lower than hips
  10. Feet – Should be flat on floor or supported by footrest
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Workstation Adjustments Include:

Chair Height
Chair Backrest
Chair Armrest
Monitor Height
Keyboard and Mouse Position
Work Copy and Reference Materials
Telephone
Surrounding Work Area
Laptop considerations
Dual Monitor Options
Standing Desks
Alternative Keyboards
Unconventional Chairs
Tablets and Cell Phones considerations
Taking Breaks, importance there of
Lifting Safely
Reaching Safety

Interested in Getting Your Ergonomics Evaluated? Book an appointment!