Desk-top computers can cause potential physical, visual and psychological damage. When setting up the workstation employees should consider how often they access their desk-top and position it accordingly.
When using Flash drives or USB drives employees should be aware of their reach capacity and position their desk-top appropriately to avoid excessive stretching.
Position keyboards and mouses at an appropriate height so as to avoid excessive strain on the arms and wrists. Excessive strain can lead to complications such as Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, Median Nerve Entrapment, sprains and other strain injuries. Using ergonomically designed Keyboards and mouses will reduce discomfort.
Notebooks and laptops
Notebook and laptop computers are used in a wide variety of situations and settings where there is limited capacity to adjust the desk. This can result in the work height being unsuitable. Screen and keyboard height can result in the arms being held too high or the neck being strained to view the screen.
Note that if the screen is tilted upwards, reflections can occur with some screens, causing strain on the eyes.
Some these issues can prevented by:
- Docking with a desk-top computer that can be adjusted
- Connecting to another screen, keyboard and mouse
- Transferring information onto a desk-top computer
- Correct posture when using a notebook
- Becoming keyboard literate to avoid constant shift of focus between looking down at the keys and back at the screen, which can contribute to neck discomfort.
- Invest in ergonomic Furniture
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