Office Ergonomics

Office Ergonomics – Current Research


The more recent research regarding office ergonomics is in support of:

• Alternative mouse designs i.e. vertical, joystick

• Arm supports

• Adjustable chair

• Keyboards
-reduced impact force of keys
-split design/geometry


Although not yet supported by research, other changes that Occupational Health organisations advocate are:

• Screens that are positioned to avoid glare from windows & lights

• Use of document holders near the screen instead of looking down onto the desk

• Desk height that reaches 1cm below the elbow when the worker is typing

• Avoiding sustained reaching with the arms or allowing the chin to protrude towards the computer monitor

• Adjustments to chair/desk specifications for very tall or very short workers


Approximate Workstation Guidelines

• Monitor at eye level

• Seated close to desk with back against the backrest

• Elbows bent slightly greater than 90 degrees

• Wrists straight and in line with forearms

• Hips bent so they are greater than 90 degrees

• Feet on floor and using footrest if worker cannot reach


Equipment changes alone are not enough to alleviate symptoms in most cases. Equipment changes are most effective if implemented with

• Breaks: getting out of the chair 2-3 times per hour

• Exercise: the worker should be participating in some form of regular exercise


written by Garett Van Oirschott