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The office environment has changed much in recent years. These days, almost everyone
uses a personal computer or some type of VDT (video display terminal) on the job.
Occasionally, computer users experience muscle aches and pains, eye fatigue, and
other similar problems when their work routine is static and sedentary. The good
news is that these problems are mostly preventable by taking occasional “mini-breaks”,
by avoiding stationary postures, and by adjusting computer equipment and furniture
to satisfy the individual needs of the persons using them.
Straightforward remedies exist
Fortunately, straightforward remedies exist for most of the workstation problems
encountered by computer users. Small adjustments to a chair, keyboard angle or monitor
often result in quickly noticeable improvements. Also, a task or work style can
sometimes be modified so that tiring or strenuous activities are avoided. However,
making the proper changes involves a basic understanding of something called “ergonomics.”
In general, ergonomics is a practice that attempts to simplify the interaction between
people and their environment, so that people can function safely and effectively.
Want more information about office ergonomics?
If you are curious about computer ergonomics in the office environment, consider
reviewing the Practical Office Ergonomics link provided below. It presents a general
discussion about ergonomics and also offers a twelve step procedure for properly
adjusting most any workstation. In addition, feel free to review any of the other
web links shown for guidance with your specific question or problem.
Practical Office Ergonomics
USAPHC Ergonomics Resources
An Ergonomics Approach to Avoiding Workplace Injuries