The tilt of your keyboard is dependent upon your sitting position. Use the keyboard tray mechanism, or keyboard feet, to adjust the tilt. If you sit in a forward or upright position, try tilting your keyboard away from you at a negative angle. If you are reclined, a slight positive tilt will help maintain a straight wrist position.
Wrist rests can help to maintain neutral postures and pad hard surfaces. However, the wrist rest should only be used to rest the palms of the hands between keystrokes. Resting on the wrist rest while typing is not recommended. Avoid using excessively wide wrist rests, or wrist rests that are higher than the space bar of your keyboard.
Place the pointer as close as possible to the keyboard. Placing it on a slightly inclined surface or using it on a mouse bridge placed over the 10-keypad, can help to bring it closer.
If you do not have a fully adjustable keyboard tray, you may need to adjust your workstation height, the height of your chair, or use a seat cushion to get into a comfortable position. Remember to use a footrest if your feet dangle.
STEP 3: Screen, Document, and Telephone
Incorrect positioning of the screen and source documents can result in awkward postures. Adjust the screen and source documents so that your neck is in a neutral, relaxed position.
Centre the screen directly in front of you, above your keyboard.
Position the top of the screen approximately 2-3” above seated eye level (If you wear bifocals, lower the screen to a comfortable reading level.)
Sit at least an arm’s length away from the screen and then adjust the distance for your vision.
Reduce glare by careful positioning of the screen. Position source documents directly in front of you, between the screen and the keyboard, using an in-line copy stand. If there is insufficient space, place source documents on a document holder positioned adjacent to the screen.
Place screen at right angles to windows.
Adjust curtains or blinds as needed.
Adjust the vertical screen angle and screen controls to minimize glare from overhead lights.
Other techniques to reduce glare include use of optical glass glare filters, light filters, or secondary task lights.
Place your telephone within easy reach. Telephone stands or arms can help.
Use headsets and speaker phone to eliminate cradling the handset.