How should I adjust my workstation?

  • Adjust your chair height to a position that allows you to place your feet flat on the floor. Ask for a footrest if your feet are off the floor when you have selected the best chair height.
  • Adjust the angle and height of your backrest. It should support your lower back. Adjust the tilt of your seat so that your body is inclined slightly forwards. This encourages you to sit upright, and keep your back straight.
  • Adjust your screen position, so that your eyes look down on it from an angle of around 15 to 20 degrees (slightly below eye level).
  • Adjust the viewing angle of the screen, to minimise reflections and glare. If this proves impossible, you may need a screen filter.
  • Adjust your keyboard, so that your desk supports your wrists and forearms, and the angle feels comfortable during usage.
  • Arrange your desk and equipment to minimise the amount of bending, twisting and stretching.
  • If you spend a lot of time reading from source documents or copy typing, place a document holder beside the screen.

how to set up your workstation

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