WORKSTATION SETUP

Monitor, keyboard and Mouse Placement

Monitor placement is very important as it is usually the primary focus of most modern office jobs. In addition nowadays it is not uncommon to see multiple monitors placed on the desk top.
Monitors should to be placed directly in front of the individual so that little or no neck rotation is required.
Monitor height is best where the top edge of the screen is at ‘eye height’ to maintain a good head position. Distance from the individual depends on a few factors including eye-sight and size of monitor but usually a minimum of one arm’s length away.  

Multiple monitors should be placed as close together as possible to avoid excess neck rotation.

With single monitors, place the keyboard with the ‘alphabetical keys’ directly in front of the screen. Dual monitors have the alphabetical keys centered between the monitors.

Standard keyboards usually have a numeric keypad built-in on the right-hand side which essentially extends the length of the keyboard. However the majority of individuals use primarily the alphabetical side and so these keys should be used to help align the keyboard position.

With the keyboards now typically extended on the right-hand side the mouse is usually placed farther to the right by 6-8 inches. This has the potential to cause wrist and shoulder irritation over time due to the slight over-reach.
To remedy that, either place the mouse on the left side (yes it takes a little time getting used to),  or if you do not use the numeric keypad much, obtain a keyboard without a keypad. This allows the mouse to be closer. See Keyboard section.

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