Washington State University
Environmental Health & Safety Computer Workstation Ergonomics

Other Workstation Equipment & Work Practices

Ergonomics not only focuses on the physical workstation in relation to the user, but also on work tasks. Following the tips below will further enhance your comfort and productivity:

  • Position document holders close to the screen and at the same level and distance from the eyes to avoid constant changes in focus
  • Consider using a desk slant for tasks requiring reading from, and writing on, hard copy documents
  • Place frequently used items within easy reach
  • Minimize fatigue and discomfort by alternating tasks and frequently changing postures
  • When using a keyboard and mouse use a light touch to minimize strain
  • Avoid mechanical/contact stress by not resting wrists, forearms, and elbows on hard surfaces
  • A “palm” rest, if used, should support the palms of the hands when using the keyboard and mouse – not the wrist.
  • Avoid telephone “cradling”; use a head set if the job requires frequent, extensive telephone use
  • Take short, frequent breaks away from the workstation
  • Blink often and periodically refocus on distant objects to reduce eye fatigue.
  • Use the 20/20/20 rule – every 20 minutes look 20 feet into the distance for 20 seconds