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The Essentials of Office Ergonomics

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Keeping your body in a healthy position should be always practiced. However, due to inappropriate furniture items and even lack of knowledge about ergonomics, many workers today suffer from back and neck pain. This is especially the case with IT workers. Working in the IT sector means that you spend a lot of time sitting at the computer. Sitting is already a problematic work-style and having to stare at the computer only adds to the delicacy of such a kind of work. It is true that salaries in this branch are quite high, but it does not have to mean that you should sacrifice your health for a larger income. That is why you have to start positioning your body in an ergonomic way.

Where are You Limbs?

Office Ergonomics

Many people like surfing on the Internet or doing stuff on the computer from a lying position. This should not be done under any circumstances. If you are lying down and you want work on the computer (usually a laptop), then the position of your whole body is irregular and almost nothing is where it is supposed to be.

Also, even if you are sitting at the desk in the office or at home, you should still pay attention to the way you keep your arms and legs. Arms should always be leaned onto the desk, so that their weight is supported by the table. Otherwise, you will experience pain in the neck, shoulders and back. It means that you have to place the keyboard so that it is absolutely parallel with the monitor and leave some space for your arms on the desk, in front of the keyboard.

When it comes to your legs, they should be bent at the angle of 90 degrees and the feet should always be on the floor. If you cannot reach the floor, you have to adjust your office chair. If the chair is not adjustable, get a new one. Having a truly ergonomic chair in your office reduces all sorts of pain, we learn from reputed suppliers of ergonomic workstations.

Watch out the Eyes and Ears

Office Ergonomics

Ergonomics deals not only with the position of your body, but with all the aspects that might influence the work conditions and the welfare of the worker’s body. That is why it is important to mention that you also have to ensure that your eyes and ears are treated in a healthy way.

For eyes, it is very important that the monitor is not too close to them. The distance between the eyes and the monitor should be at least 20″, which about 50cm. Also, stick a note on you monitor with one word: “Blink”. If you forget to blink, which is a natural thing when eyes are too focused on the monitor, eyes do not get wet enough and that might lead to screen-caused bad eyesight or even worse problems.

As for the ears, people often forget how sensitive ears can be. That is why there are rules about levels of noise that are allowed in public places. The usual level of noise in an office is about 45 decibels (dB). However, a noisier open-plan office can cause the level to rise up to 70 dB. And then, there are those offices in which music is played loudly. It is good neither for workers’ hearing nor for the quality of work.

Following these simple rules of ergonomics means that your office will be a more efficient work space and that people working in it will be more satisfied with their jobs.

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