Promoting a Safe and Comfortable Work Environment – Important choices

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Important choices

Whether you are an adult sharing a computer at work, or a student sharing a computer at school or at home, each time you sit down, adjust the environment to your needs. Adjust the tilt of your monitor, use a box as a footrest, a blanket on the seat to raise your chair height - whatever you need to adjust into your comfort zone.

Posture, lighting, furniture, work organization, and other work conditions and habits may affect the way you feel and how well you work. By adjusting your work environment and personal practices, you may be able to minimize fatigue and discomfort, and reduce the risk of resulting strains that some scientists believe can lead to injury.

Whenever you use a computer, you make choices that can affect your comfort and potentially your safety. This is true whether you use a desktop keyboard and monitor in an office, notebook computer in a college dormitory, wireless keyboard on your lap, or handheld at the airport. In every case, you choose your working posture and your body's position relative to your computer, phone, reference books, and papers. You may also have some control over lighting and other factors.

Take action for safety & comfort
Many factors in our work environment determine whether we work efficiently and in a manner that promotes good health and safety. By considering, acting on, and periodically reevaluating the recommendations in this Guide, it is possible to create a safer, more comfortable, healthful, and efficient work environment.

Students and teachers
The recommendations in this Guide apply to students of all ages. Learning to adjust your work area and finding your comfort zone when you first learn to use a computer is a lot easier than trying to break incorrect work habits after years of computer use. Teachers, have your students work in teams to find inventive solutions when adjustable furniture designed for computer use is not available.

Important

Some scientists believe that working intensely, or for a long time in uncomfortable or unnatural positions, may pose risks, such as those mentioned in the WARNING at the beginning of this Guide.
The information included in this Guide is designed to help you work more safely by recommending ways to work more comfortably and effectively.

Tip

Self-check
After reviewing the information in this web site, double-check your postures and habits using Your Safety & Comfort Checklist.