Computer Ergonomics primary concern is the suitability or the right fit between human factor and machines, especially computers inside the workplace. This is deemed to be very essential with the sudden upward surge of health incidents amongst the employees involving technology, especially computers. Prolonged and routine work before the computer for a number of hours, couple that with stress and frustration, will certainly cause health breakdown and work-related injuries at one point or another. These problems can be aggravated by improper posture and body positioning.

The positive effects of this principle and good balance have been observed since the 17th century. A lot of universities have been involved in researches and studies that relates to computer ergonomics, and this is not surprising, because the main component of an employee's everyday life is his or her computer.

Computer furniture is the chief focus of this type of ergonomic that includes: computer desks, computer tables, laptop stands, printer stands and more. It is advisable to use chairs that will support the back and will prevent aches at this portion of the body. Perhaps the two most important computer parts to tackle are about the monitors and keyboards.

  • The top monitor should always be at least 2 to 3 inches above eye level of the user.
  • Minimize screen glares by using screen filters or adjusting the lighting settings of the monitor and always keep it perpendicular to any light source within the office.
  • Make sure that the distance between the user and the monitor is sufficient to provide comfort and ease of use; not too close and not too far.
  • Place document trays and stands beside the monitor so you can easily grab them as needed.
  • It is also good if the company will purchase adjustable computer stands and monitor desks.
  • There are also laptop accessories that can be rotated and swiveled according to the user's preference.
  • Lastly, ensure that the monitor is always at the center.

  • It is important that every office workstation has keyboard and mouse tray with arm rests.
  • The distance of the keyboard from the body, especially the arms should be just enough to allow movement and comfort at all times.
  • Always maintain the arms and elbows at relaxed positions. In relation to the forearms, wrists should always be laid flat.
  • Keep it also centered in front of you. Some would specifically recommend negative incline keyboard with a mouse platform.

Aside from purchasing additional or replacing old equipments designed to abide the computer ergonomics, proper trainings to ensure that employees know how to properly use office equipments is a must. Equip the workers with knowledge of the basic things and how they can benefit from the company's initiative to improve their lives while working.