It’s important to have the proper seating, workspace furnishings, and lighting that fit your needs. If you experience discomfort with your current chair or workstation, consider some of the options that BFG has to offer through partnership with Humanscale.
WHY GO ERGONOMIC?
Ergonomic furniture can help promote good employee health and productivity. This advanced line of furniture is meant to help users feel more comfortable at their workstation. It can help correct posture and eliminate contact stress.
Ergonomic furniture is built differently than regular furniture. It’s built with users’ health and safety in mind.
How to Get the Most Out of Your Ergonomic Office Furniture.
1. Make sure your seat is at a height where your thighs will be parallel to the floor.
2. Adjust the depth of your seat pan to have 2 inches of clearance between the back of your knees and the front of your seat.
3. Ensure that your backrest comfortably fits on the lower part of your back.
4. Adjust your chair’s recline tension – if necessary – to support varying degrees of recline.
5. Lean back, relax and allow the backrest to provide full support to your upper body.
6. Keyboards should be positioned approximately one to one and a half inches above your thighs. Angle your keyboard slightly away from your body. Keep your wrists straight and in a neutral position when typing.
7. Your mouse should be close to your keyboard. Instead of placing your wrist on the workstation, you should instead use your heel of the palm over the mouse surface and use your entire arm to guide the mouse.
8. Position your monitor at least an arm’s length away with the top line of text at or just below eye level. Tilt your monitor slightly away from you so that your line of sight is perpendicular to the monitor. We suggest using an adjustable monitor arm.
9. Position your task light to the side opposite of the hand you use to write. Shine it away from your monitor to avoid glare.
10. Your monitor and the spacebar on your keyboard should be midline within your body. Arrange frequently used work materials within easy reach to minimize twisting and reaching.
11. Take a few 30 to 60 second breaks each hour to allow your body to recover from periods of repetitive stress.
More Tips for Comfortable Computing
– Rest your eyes periodically by focusing on an object 20+ feet away.</div>
– Stand and stretch your back and arms from time to time.</div>
– Position whatever you are looking at most of the time (the screen or reference material) directly in front of you to minimize turning your head.
– Remember that even if your workstation is set up properly, you can still get muscle fatigue from being in the same position for too long. Be sure to periodically adjust your monitor, keyboard or chair to stay flexible.