Is Your Workspace Ergo-Friendly?
Posted On Friday, March 25, 2011
If you're wondering what kind of dangers lurk in your office, take this quiz to see if your environment is an ergo-friend or ergo-enemy...
For each category, evaluate your current office situation. Choose "true" or "false" for each point and note your answers on a piece of paper.
1. My chair has lumbar (lower back) support.
2. My chair has adjustable height.
3. My chair has adjustable back positioning and tension.
4. My chair has adjustable armrests.
5. My chair has adjustable seat depth.
6. When seated in my chair, my feet rest comfortably on the floor with knees bent at a 90 degree angle (a foot rest is used to achieve this if needed).
1. My computer screen is free of any reflection.
2. My computer screen can be seen easily (no glare).
3. My desk is positioned at a right angle to the window or main source of light.
4. The level and position of overhead lighting is satisfactory.
5. My lighting can be adjusted (if light is from a window, blinds are present).
1. My work area is free from obstacles.
2. Commonly used items are kept within easy reach.
3. The layout of my workspace prevents undue twisting and lifting.
4. Cords are kept straight and away from walkways.
1. My desk is 26 inches to 29 inches high.
2. My desk surface is a suitable size for the work being done (i.e. a minimum of 35 inches x 29.5 inches for paperwork tasks or 45 inches x 35 inches for mixed clerical and computing tasks).
3. The area underneath my desk is clean and uncluttered.
4. The work surface of my desk is a matte finish to minimize glares and reflections.
1. The top of the computer screen is at eye level when I'm seating in my chair and looking straight ahead.
2. My keyboard is either resting on an adjustable tray or, if on the desk, is approximately 1.5 inches from the edge of the desk and in line with the monitor.
3. The monitor is at least arms distance when seated and directly in front of the keyboard.
4. The characters on the computer are set to display at an appropriate size.
5. A document holder is used if documents are referred to when typing.
If you chose "true" 19 to 24 times
Congratulations. You can rest easy tonight - your workspace isn't trying to hurt you!
If you chose "true" 14 to 18 times
Your workspace is definitely lacking in the ergonomic department.
If you chose "true" less than 14 times
Let me be clear: It's them or you. Either the office equipment goes or your health will certainly suffer.
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