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Computer workstation ergonomics

The information on this page in conjunction with the short video clip and completing the ergonomic self-assessment checklist should help you to set up a workstation correctly. If after completing the ergonomic self-assessment checklist and watching the video clip, you require an ergonomic assessment please compete the ergonomic assessment booking form.

There is no correct computer workstation set up that can be used all day. Seating should support postures that can be changed frequently within a comfortable range throughout the day. It should accommodate the:

  • work being done
  • visual demands, and
  • workers' individual differences.

This will reduce fatigue and strain on the neck, shoulders, back and legs. It is important to change posture or to do something that uses different muscles many times throughout the day. Extended periods in similar postures can lead to fatigue or overloading parts of the body and can contribute to injuries such as sprains and strains. There are many other benefits to moving and changing postures regularly through the work shift.

Consideration should be given to the:

  • accessories required to operate properly
  • layout of equipment on the desk, and
  • location of furniture in the room.

All recommendations are based upon the Workplace Health & Safety Queensland “Ergonomic guide to computer based workstations”, AS/NZS4442:1997, Office desks and AS 3590.1-1990 Screen-based workstations Part 1 Visual Display Units.