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Computer Workstation Adjustments

Chair should have a number of adjustments that allow users to customize the fit and promote good sitting posture.  This becomes more important for those individuals who sit for a large portion of the day.  This list summarizes important chair features:

  1. Pneumatic seat height adjustment
  2. Height adjustable backrest, independent of the seat
  3. Pronounced lumbar support
  4. Seat depth adjustability
  5. High density foam with minimal contours
  6. Swivel capability
  7. Adjustable armrests or no armrests at all
  8. Can be easily adjusted while seated
  9. Five-star base (not four-star)
  10.  Correct casters for carpet or linoleum
  11.  24-hour use warranty if necessary

Monitor should be about an arm’s length away and level with the eyes while seated to promote neutral neck posture.  Bifocal wearers may need the monitor to be relatively lower than other individuals.  The monitor should be directly in front of the individual to prevent neck and trunk rotation.

Keyboard and Mouse (or other pointing device) should be at the same height as the user’s seated elbow height.  The keyboard should not be angled forward, toward the user.  Adjustable keying surfaces are ideal in that they allow for individualized adjustment.

Pointing Device should be within easy reach.  An individual should not have to extend his or her arm away from the body to “point and click.”

Source Documents should be located adjacent to, or directly in front of, the monitor.  The documents should be angled toward the user to promote comfortable neck positioning.