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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.


The chair should provide for back support, be sized appropriate for the person, support the arms, be adjusted to fit the individual, and be designed appropriate for the task.
Risk Factors How to Decrease Risks
Chair is too large and individual sits at end or on one side of the chair. Get smaller chair, narrower seat, sliding seat pan, arms with vertical and horizontal adjustment, and use chair back that has an adjustable tilt.
Chair is too small Get larger chair and arms with adjustable width; longer and wider seat pan and higher back; get chair with better construction.
Chair does not support lower back Adjust back height (the back rest will often fall to the bottom), get lumbar rest for short term solution, get chair with better back support.
Chair shared by two people and does not have pneumatic height adjustment. Purchase chair with pneumatic height adjustment or use two chairs set at different heights.
Arm rest too high causing shoulder or neck tension Purchase chair with an arm adjustment allowing support while shoulders are relaxed.