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New guide showcases importance of ergonomic PC set up

Whether working from home or in the office, ergonomic computer set up is a basic health and safety must for any workplace. Workplace Health and Safety Queensland has published a guide on getting the best from your desk and computer set up.

There is also information about the positioning of chairs. For instance, when sitting in your chair, ensure your seat height is set so your elbows are at the same height as your desk; the seat width and depth comfortably support your hips and legs, and there is a 2-3 finger width clearance between the front edge of your chair and the back of your knees.

Other chair tips include ensuring your chair does not roll away too easily, sit close to your desk (if the arm rests prevent this, adjust or remove them), and make sure your feet rest flat on the floor or on a footrest.

The guide includes other checklists for setting up monitors, desks and the positioning of keyboards and mouse. It says workload and work activities, timeframes, expectations and scheduling of work should be discussed with your supervisor and opportunities for movement and changing positions should be available throughout your work day.

Information should be provided to workers on the risks associated with computer work and ways to reduce the risks (eg. managing sprains and strains, sedentary work, high work demands), and how to report IT and equipment issues, discomfort, hazards, injuries or incidents.

Included in the guide are work station photographs and a sample agreement setting out how identified WHS issues will be addressed.

Further Information

Download Working in the office – computer workstation checklist