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Workstation Ergonomics Checklist

This picture contains a checklist of areas to consider when setting up your workstation. Click on the numbers to learn more about each piece of office equipment and how to use it properly.

E-mail Kate Greenberg or Neil Carlson if you would like an on-site evaluation to improve your current workstation setup.

Corrective Eyewear

The person should be able to read the text on the screen while looking straight ahead. With a trifocal, the middle lens should allow the screen to be in focus. The focal length should be 20 to 30 inches. Discrete bifocal correction for reading glasses has a focal length of 15 inches. The top of the screen will need to be below eye level. Gradual bifocal correction for reading glasses has a focal length that starts at 15 inches and gradually increases. The top of the screen will usually be below eye level. If the person is a heavy computer user, separate computer glasses may be necessary. Objects greater than 3 feet away will probably be blurry.
Risk Factors How to Decrease Risks
Head tilted back while viewing screen. Person probably has discrete bifocals. Improve the neck position by lowering the monitor height, switching to gradual bifocals, or using computer glasses.
Head leaning forward to view text. Bring the monitor closer. Suggest that the individual have vision checked.
Eyes greater than 36 inches away from the screen. The individual may be farsighted and will need bifocals soon. They should be reevaluated when they have their new eyeglasses.