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Creating An Ergonomic Office Space
With The Right Furniture

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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

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 day’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

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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