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Ergonomic Workstation Evaluation

Follow these workstation tips to ensure all employees have the best ergonomic workstation possible. Also see

Buying Tips

  • When possible, test all equipment before making a purchase.
  • Ask for equipment that meets American National Standards Institute (ANSI) standards.

Computer Terminals

  • A detachable keyboard;
  • Easy to use brightness and control knobs;
  • Tilting screen;
  • Character size of at least 3/16″;
  • No perceptible screen flicker; and
  • Reduced electromagnetic fields (EMF) emissions.


  • Seat and back easily adjustable for height and tilt from seated position without use of tools;
  • Back provides firm lower and mid-back support;
  • Seat upholstered and padded, curves down at front edge;
  • Five casters, for stability; and
  • Adjustable armrests to prevent shoulder fatigue.

Table Standards

  • Bi-level to allow independent adjustment of screen and keyboard;
  • Adjusts easily from a seated position without use of tools;
  • Adequate table top space for required tasks; and
  • Adequate leg room

Potential Accessories

  • Document holder adjustable to screen height;
  • Wrist rest that is padded, movable, and same height as keyboard home now;
  • Foot rest for users whose feet don’t rest flat on the floor;
  • Task lighting;
  • Adjustable keyboard tray, if table is too high;
  • Lumbar support cushion, if chair doesn’t support lower back;
  • Glare screen with grounding wire; and
  • Telephone headset.

Health Tips Workstation Evaluation

Reduce glare to avoid eyestrain:

  • Avoid light shining directly into your eyes or onto your screen;
  • Hold a mirror in front of your screen to identify sources of glare;
  • Avoid placing your computer directly under a bank of lights;
  • Lower lighting level to about half of normal office lighting;
  • Use task lighting if necessary;
  • Position screen at right angle to window; and
  • Use window curtains or blinds if necessary.

Take a stretch/exercise break:

  • Take a 15-minute break from the computer at least every two hours to get up and move around;
  • Rotate job tasks when possible to avoid constant keyboard work;
  • Take mini-breaks as needed to stretch your body or rest your eyes. Frequent short breaks are desirable if your work situation allows;
  • Blink often to keep your eyes moist;
  • Refocus your eyes by looking away from your screen and focusing on a distant object at least 20 fee away every 10 minutes or so;
  • Release tension in the neck by looking back over the shoulder while sitting up straight;
  • Relax shoulders by rotating them backwards several times and then forwards;
  • Spread your fingers as far apart as you can. Hold for five seconds, and then make a fist. Repeat this action several times; and
  • Keep moving throughout the day by taking mini-breaks for your favorite stretches.

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