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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 kgreen15@umn.edu or Neil Carlson carls001@umn.edu if you would like an on-site evaluation to improve your current workstation setup.


Desk


At least 30 inches deep with the keyboard and CRT monitor on the table. The keyboard near elbow height. At least 24 inches deep with LCD flat panel monitor. The table should be thin (less than 2 inches) enough for the legs to fit under the table without touching the bottom of the table.
Risk Factors How to Decrease Risks
Sharp edge on table and creases on the forearms. Use palm rest or attach soft edge to end of table. Purchase table with round edge.
The pencil drawer will often make the desk too thick and need to be removed. Cover the sharp edges exposed under the desk when the drawer is removed.
Monitor and keyboard can not fit in front of each other on desk. Use a table 30 inches deep if the CRT monitor and keyboard is placed on the desk, 24 inches if a keyboard drawer is used.
Computer on typewriter return. The monitor is too close too view comfortably. Sometimes the monitor will be placed at an angle to the keyboard. Desk is too low and too narrow for monitor and keyboard. Raise the height of the return to approximately 29 inches and install keyboard drawer or remove return and get new desk.