Office Ergonomics for Teleradiologists

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Ergonomics is the study of people’s interaction with their environment and provides principles and theories for proper design of the workplace.  Ergonomics is a concept that has been around for quite some time, but it is often something that we don’t spend a lot of time thinking about as we go about our workday.  If you find yourself sitting at a desk for long periods of time, you may experiences aches and pains that can be eliminated with a few adjustments to your work environment.  Not only does ergonomics help you be more comfortable at work, but can reduce stress, prevent injuries and improve productivity.

Below is a quick assessment you can do for your individual workstations.

  • Chair

–  Make sure the chair height is set properly so that your elbows are at desktop level.

– Your knees should be level with your hips.

– Your feet should comfortably reach the floor.  If your feet don’t reach the floor consider using a foot rest.  Get creative – a stack of sturdy books or a small stool can work if you don’t want to purchase a foot rest.

– Adjust your seat back so that you have good lumbar support.  Use a cushion or pillow if needed.

  • Monitor

–  The computer monitor should be directly in front of you at about arm’s length away.

–  The top of your monitor should be slightly below your eye level.

  • Mouse, Keyboard, Phone

–  Mouse should be alongside your keyboard and make sure to keep your wrist and elbow in a natural and comfortable position.

–  Keyboard should be close to the edge of your desk.

–  If you are on your phone a lot, consider using a headset rather than cradling the phone between your head and neck.

  • General Body Posture

–  Shoulders should be relaxed.

–  Position your forearms parallel to the floor or slightly angled.

–  Wrists should be in a neutral position and not resting on the sharp edge of your desk.

–  Upper arms should be close to the side of your body.

What tips do you have for making your workplace more comfortable?

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