Title: Creating An Ergonomic Office Space With The Right Furniture Word Count: 869 Summary: The most natural position that the human body can assume is when it is standing up. When the body is stan ding up, all the muscles are relaxe d and all the parts that are suppos ed to provide support for the entir e body are at their optimum conditi on. Keywords: office furniture Article Body: Today's modern world requires most of us to spend most of our time sit ting down in front of our computers , totally conflicting with the natu ral state in which the body is supp osed to be. Sitting down for hours at an end is a leading cause of of fice work-related injuries. This i s why it is important to observe er gonomics and to use ergonomic offic e furniture in the workplace. Ergonomics is the application of sc ientific and technological principl es where objects and systems are de signed to be of optimum use to the human body, thereby lessening or ev en preventing the occurrence of pai n and injury to the body in the con tinuous use of these objects and sy stems. In the workplace, ergonomics is best observed in the use of erg onomic office furniture, which can minimize injuries to the user's bod y in the course of a dayâ€™s work. To create an ergonomic work space w ith the use of ergonomic office fur niture, we should take into conside ration four elements: the angle of the computer monitor, the lighting of the work space, the position of the keyboard and mouse, and the sup ports on the chair being used. The Computer Monitor When you position your computer mon itor on your desk, you have to take note of the fact that you would be required to stare at it for long p eriods of time, sometimes for hours at an end. So, you would need to protect your eyes from the glare th at can result when the light reflec ts on your computer monitor. The ergonomic way of doing it is to place your computer monitor as far away from you as possible when you are sitting at your desk, without hampering your capacity to read wha tever is on your monitor. Ideally, your monitor should be around 20 i nches away from you, perhaps more. To minimize eyestrain, the angle of your head should be at a 15-degree down angle from the center of the screen. Also, your neck should be bent in such a way that your head i s at a perpendicular angle to the f loor. The Lighting Proper lighting is essential in cre ating an ergonomic workspace. Too much light can create glare, and gl are can hurt the eyes. The lighting in an ergonomic worksp ace should only be moderately brigh t. What we mean by this is that th e brightness of the light inside th e room should be just like what it would be outdoors on a clear day. Also, the lighting in a room should be at a right angle with the monit or in order to reduce the glare to the eyes. It would also help to mi x fluorescent lights with incandesc ent lights to provide a warm color of light that is easy on the eyes. The Keyboard and the Mouse How you hold your wrists and arms a s you type on your keyboard and as you click on your mouse is a signif icant factor in preventing injuries to your wrist, including the occur rence of carpal tunnel syndrome. I f you are to follow the principles of ergonomics, you should keep your keyboard and mouse aligned to the angle of your monitor, at a negativ e angle away from you so that your wrists will remain straight as you hold them over your keyboard. To accomplish this, use a desk with an adjustable tray for your keyboa rd and mouse. The tray should be a ngled so that the keyboard is tilte d away from you. Never place your keyboard on the top of your desk; i f you do this, you will strain your wrists by holding them at an angle towards your body. Also, you can ignore the keyboard support at the back of your keyboard. Using them is actually contrary to the princip les of ergonomics, as they tilt the keyboard towards you, rather than away from you. In addition to that , your mouse should be kept at the level where your keyboard is. Moreover, when you are typing, lift your wrists instead of letting the m rest on your wrist rest. Use the se wrist rests only when you are no t typing. The Chair Your chair is probably the most imp ortant element that you should cons ider when you are creating your erg onomic office space. The chair you should get for yourself should be an ergonomic chair. An ergonomic c hair will provide support for your arms, back, shoulders and neck as y ou spend your hours in front of you r computer. Your ergonomic chair should be some thing that is adjustable so that it s height will allow your feet to re st flat on the floor. The curve of the back of your ergonomic chair s hould also fit the curve of your ba ck. The edge of the seat should be at least one inch away from the ba ck of your knees. The seat of your ergonomic chair should also be wid e enough to fit your hips and thigh s without being squeezed or pinched in. An ergonomic chair with a hig h back is also desirable to provide support for your shoulders and neck. Following the principles of ergonom ics and using ergonomic office furn iture in your workspace will help a lot in minimizing workplace injuri es to your body. Be kind to your b ody and set your workplace up with ergonomic office furniture!
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