Checklist on Ergonomic Issues

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					This document provides a checklist of ergonomic issues an employer should consider
when setting up an employee’s desktop computer and workstation. Ergonomics is the
study of physical workplaces and applies methods of equipment design to help
maximize productive and reduce operator or employee discomfort. Proactive attention
to ergonomics when employees are placed at workstation could prevent serious
workplace injuries down the line, helping an employer avoid citations, fines, or litigation.
This form can be customized to fit the needs of any company assessing the workstation
ergonomics of its employees.
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                                         Checklist on Ergonomic Issues
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The following checklist can help you make sure every employee who uses a desktop computer is                                r
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Can every employee answer “yes” to each of the following questions?
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1.        It is easy for me to get in and out of my workstation.                 [    ] Yes      [   ] No                   t

2.        My chair adjusts so that my upper legs and lower legs form a right angle. [                ] Yes       [   ] No   E
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3.        My chair has armrests. [           ] Yes            [   ] No
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4.        The keyboard sits at my waist; my upper arms and lower arms form a right angle.                                   i
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5.        My wrists are not bent while typing.                [   ] Yes          [    ] No                                  o
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6.        A wrist rest is available if I want one.            [   ] Yes          [    ] No

7.        I can tilt the keyboard.       [   ] Yes            [   ] No                                                      C
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8.        I can easily reach the mouse pad.                   [   ] Yes          [    ] No                                  r
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9.        The chair back supports my lower back. [                ] Yes          [    ] No
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10.       The chair back supports my upper back. [                ] Yes          [    ] No                                  r
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11.       My feet rest comfortably on the floor.              [   ] Yes          [    ] No                                  t
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12.       A footrest is available if I want one.              [   ] Yes          [    ] No
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13.       An adjustable document holder is available if I want one. [                 ] Yes      [   ] No                   n
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14.       I have a color monitor that is adjustable for contrast and brightness. [              ] Yes [      ] No
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15.       My monitor sits at or just below eye level and is not too close or too far from me.
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16,       My monitor has a glare protection screen.                       [   ] Yes      [    ] No                          2
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17.       There is plenty of light at my workstation.                     [   ] Yes      [    ] No

18.       A desk lamp is available to me if I want one.                   [   ] Yes      [    ] No                          A
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19.       My work surface easily accommodates the books and tools I use regularly.                                          l
          [ ] Yes        [ ] No
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20.       The telephone is near my chair - I don’t have to reach.                [    ] Yes      [   ] No
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21.       A telephone headset is available to me if I want one.                  [    ] Yes      [   ] No                   g
          [ ] Yes        [ ] No                                                                                             h
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22.       I am comfortable with my workload; I don’t do the same task all day long.                                         s
          [ ] Yes         [ ] No

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23.       I take advantage of breaks and my lunch period to get up and move around.
          [ ] Yes         [ ] No

24.       I have received training about cumulative trauma.               [   ] Yes      [   ] No

25.       I know the telltale signs of repetitive stress and other workplace injuries.
          [ ] Yes           [ ] No

26.       If my workstation became uncomfortable, I would tell my supervisor.
          [ ] Yes         [ ] No




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Description: This document provides a checklist of ergonomic issues an employer should consider when setting up an employee’s desktop computer and workstation. Ergonomics is the study of physical workplaces and applies methods of equipment design to help maximize productive and reduce operator or employee discomfort. Proactive attention to ergonomics when employees are placed at workstation could prevent serious workplace injuries down the line, helping an employer avoid citations, fines, or litigation. This form can be customized to fit the needs of any company assessing the workstation ergonomics of its employees.