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ergonomics computer workstationErgonomics is a science that deals with designing and arranging things so that people can use them easily and safely.

The diagram at left will help you assess your computer workstation setup at home and at work.

Not sitting correctly at the computer for long periods of time can cause back pain, neck pain, knee pains and a tingling of the hands and fingers. Here are some tips on maintaining good ergonomics and staying comfortable at your desk during the day.

10 Steps – How to Sit at a Computer

1. Sit up tall

2. Sit close to your keyboard

3. Adjust the keyboard height

4. Adjust the tilt of your keyboard based on your sitting position

5. Use wrist rests

6. Position your monitor properly

7. Position the source documents directly in front of you, and use an in-line copy stand

8. An articulating keyboard tray can provide optimal positioning of input devices

9. Take small breaks during your workday to release some of that muscle tension

10. Exercise your hand by pushing on top of your fingers, and using backward resistance movements.

More information on How to Sit at a Computer and Ergonomics in Australia

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