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Tips for Using a Computer

Repetition, awkward posture, high force levels and eye strain should be considered when using a computer. Here are a few tips to use when using a computer:

  • Repetition
    • Alternate tasks
    • Share tasks with coworkers
    • Take frequent breaks from keying or using the mouse
    • Reduce or eliminate unnecessary work
  • Awkward Posture
    • Sit supported against the back of your chair
    • Avoid bending or twisting your neck or trunk
    • Keep shoulders relaxed and arms close by sides when working
    • Keep elbows at a 100 to 110 degree angle when using the keyboard and mouse
    • Keep wrists in a straight or neutral position when keying or using a mouse
    • Keep fingers in a relaxed position when keying or using the mouse
    • Keep work materials within close reach
    • Use a telephone headset for frequent/prolonged phone use
    • Change positions/tasks frequently
  • Force/Pressure
    • Key with a light touch
    • Avoid prolonged or excessive grasping of the mouse
    • Use larger diameter pens to reduce grip when writing
    • Use electric stapler for large stapling jobs
    • Select a chair with adequate padding
    • Avoid resting elbows and wrists on sharp or hard edges and surfaces
  • Eye Strain
    • Reduce glare on your computer screen by adjusting it's placement and tilt, using a glare guard or using window blinds and light filters
    • Rest eyes intermittently by focusing on distant objects
    • Take visual breaks
    • Blink often when viewing the monitor
    • Wear appropriate corrective lens for computer work
    • Adjust the font, flicker and contrast of your monitor screen
(Source: UCLA)