Workstation Design

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Computer Workstation Evaluation

The Indiana Hand to Shoulder Center has been studying and evaluating proper computer workstation design and ergonomics for many years.

We’ve found that significant problems can arise from improper body positioning, improper equipment, long periods of time working on the computer without breaks and poor body conditioning. Some common problems include tendonitis and carpal tunnel syndrome.

Our occupational therapists have presented numerous medical education seminars/workshops to healthcare professionals, employers and their management staff/employees on these topics, along with therapy approaches for minimizing the risk of upper extremity medical conditions.

We offer the following programs to help minimize the likelihood of developing a costly upper extremity medical problem. These programs are available to: employers, plant physicians, case managers, occupational medicine physicians, family practitioners and internists for their staff and patients:

  • Computer workstation design evaluation and assessment
  • Computer workstation modification program
  • Home flexibility exercise and education programs

If you have questions regarding your workstation or would like to schedule a consultation, contact the therapy department at (317) 872-5101.

workstation ergonomic diagramWorkstation Design

Proper body positioning at computer workstations is extremely important to maintain good physical health and avoid workplace injuries.

To ensure your workstation is ergonomically correct, please check the following:

  • Monitor screen is at eye level or slightly below and an arm’s length away
  • Elbows rest along the side of the body
  • Elbows are bent between 60° and 90° (no arms on chair)
  • Wrists are in a neutral, straight position
  • Keyboard is tilted to maintain a neutral wrist position
  • Place mouse beside the keyboard.
  • Knees are level or slightly lower than hips
  • Chair seat pan has soft edges (by knees)
  • Feet rest on the floor or on a footrest
  • Low and middle back support is provided
  • Seat width is 18″ or wider
  • Seat depth is 15″ - 17″