Ergonomics: Healthy Workstation Positions
To understand the best way to set up a computer workstation, it is helpful to understand the concept of neutral body positioning. This is a comfortable working posture in which your joints are naturally aligned. Working with the body in a neutral position reduces stress and strain on the muscles, tendons, and skeletal system and reduces your risk of developing a musculoskeletal disorder (MSD). The following are important considerations when attempting to maintain neutral body postures while working at the computer workstation:
Regardless of how good your working posture is, working in the same posture or sitting still for prolonged periods is not healthy. You should change your working position frequently throughout the day in the following ways:
These four reference postures are examples of body posture changes that all provide neutral positioning for the body.
SOURCE: United States Separtment of Labor. osha.gov. Computer Workstations.<http://www.osha.gov/SLTC/etools/computerworkstations/positions.html>
Last Editorial Review: 12/2/2010