It is important to change posture or do something that uses different muscles many times throughout the day to minimise fatigue. Simple stretches can be viewed in the video clip. Avoid awkward postures at the extremes of joint range, especially the wrists.
It is better to take several short breaks throughout the day than infrequent longer ones. Ways to do this could include:
- rotating and encouraging a variety of work tasks and short regular breaks so that there is variety in posture;
- using opportunities to move between sitting and standing positions at the workstation;
- taking micro pauses e.g. moving hands off the mouse or keyboard when not in use;
- placing the printer, scanner and photocopier away from the workstation; and
- using sit/stand workstations.
Supervisors should ensure that workload controls are exercised using the following strategies:
- planning ahead to avoid peaks and rushed jobs;
- delegating fairly to all staff not just the best workers;
- considering the total workload of the individual (workload often comes from a number of sources); and
- clearly defining each operator’s workload;
- implementing systems of prioritisation such as work request forms and waiting lists.
After prolonged absences from work the overall duration of periods of keyboard work should be increased gradually if conditions permit.