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Environmental Health & Safety

Ergonomics is making your office environment work with you instead of you trying to work with your office environment. Many of the things we take for granted each day are setting us up for future problems that are often painful and debilitating. By recognizing the feedback that your body gives you such as pain and discomfort can help us to head off these problems.

The biggest problems that we see in the office environment are Repetitive Motion Injuries such as Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, and soft tissue strains (i.e. lower back problems). Below are some tips to help prevent such problems. Start the assessment by thinking about your body and take inventory about where it hurts. Now look below for hints about what might be causing your troubles.

  • Typing
  • Computer Monitors
  • Feet are flat on the floor. Your seat should not press against the back of your knees or lower legs.
  • Elbows are comfortably at sides, each elbow at a right angle, and your forearms are parallel to the floor.
  • Armrests do not interfere with movement
  • Maintain good posture