Workplace accidents can happen just about anywhere including sitting at your desk. Here are some tips on keeping safe at your work station.
While there is no single posture or configuration that will work for everyone, keeping the principles of neutral body posture in mind while setting up your workstation and while working will increase your level of comfort and greatly reduce the risk of musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs).
Neutral body posture is a natural and comfortable position where joints, muscles, connective tissues such as tendons, and the skeletal system are aligned.
If standing, align your ears, shoulders, hips, knees, and ankles.
If sitting at a desk, adjust your seat, the computer monitor if applicable, and any articles you use in order to meet the following conditions:
- Your feet are flat on the floor.
- Your knees are bent at a 90° angle or greater.
- Your thighs are horizontal to the floor and at a right angle with your hips.
- Your arms and forearms are at right angles.
- Your wrists should be straight lines with your forearms, not bent vertically or horizontally.
- Your elbows should hang close to your body.
- Your shoulders should be relaxed.
- Your head should be in line with the torso or bent slightly forward, not tilted back or twisted to the side.
In addition to using neutral posture, break up tasks and stretch regularly.
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