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MOUSE - The use of a mouse causes injuries to many people. The mouse often causes twisting of hand into uncomfortable positions, which causes wrist injuries. Try to use mouse with a sweeping movement, instead of a quick, twisting motion. Use your mouse as little as possible, but if you find that you can't do this, consider purchasing a trackball instead. Trackballs are good because you can program a lock button so you don't have to click and drag.
KEYBOARD - Split-and-Tilt keyboards tend to be better for your health than flat keyboards that most people use. A good keyboard will not flatten your hands and bend your wrists.
LIGHTING - Good lighting in your home office is important to reduce eyestrain. Here are some lighting suggestions:
1. Make sure lighting isn't too bright. 2. Avoid white reflective furniture. 3. If you are using a desk lamp, choose a low wattage light bulb. Direct light toward papers, not eyes. 4. Use blinds or drapes to eliminate outdoors light. 5. Avoid bright lighting on your monitor.
MONITOR - It is important to position monitor correctly to ensure your good health.
1. Position monitor to minimize glare. 2. Adjust monitor so that screen is slightly below eye level. 3. Clean screen on a regular basis. 4. Position yourself about 20"-24" away from monitor. 5. Center your monitor on user. 6. Keep your head at a comfortable level.
GOOD POSTURE - Ergonomic equipment will do nothing for you if you don't assume correct posture. Make sure of following:
1. Relax shoulders 2. Wrists straight 3. Back in contact with lumbar support of your chair 4. Legs in contact with your seat 5. Feet on floor 6. Elbows at a right angle when typing 7. Upper arm and elbow close to body 8. Head and neck straight
Now that you know your ergonomic basics, use this knowledge to your advantage. Position yourself and your equipment correctly to ensure a quality-working environment. Healthy working to you!
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