ERGONOMICS Print

One of the most common problems that plague mature workers are musculoskeletal disorders - characterised by discomfort, impairment, or persistent pains in joints, muscles, tendons or other soft tissues.

In order to prevent or avoid aggravating the problem, we should always be mindful of our bodily postures. Let’s take a look at the posture we should adopt at our work desk.

One of the most common problems that plague mature workers are musculoskeletal disorders - characterised by discomfort, impairment, or persistent pains in joints, muscles, tendons or other soft tissues.

In order to prevent or avoid aggravating the problem, we should always be mindful of our bodily postures. Let’s take a look at the posture we should adopt at our work desk.



 

 

  1. Top screen at eye level: Ensure your laptop or monitor screen is at the appropriate height. The top of the screen should ideally be at the eye level. This will help prevent eye and neck strain. Make use of laptop risers as a solution for placing the laptop at a suitable height.

  2. Relaxed shoulders: Shoulders should be relaxed at all times and not overly tensed. Perform back and shoulder stretches preferably on an hourly basis to avoid stiffness.

  3. Angle of elbow 90° – 100°: As a rule of thumb, follow the 90-90 rule.  Position your elbows, hips and knees in a 90 degree position for optimal alignment and to reduce added pressure on the joints.

  4. Lower back fully supported by the back rest: Chairs should preferably come with adjustable seat height and tilt, such that your lower back is positioned nicely to the back of the seat and supported by a back rest.

  5. Both feet rested on the ground or footrest: Your feet should be kept flat on the ground or footrest (if necessary). This allows the body weight to be distributed evenly. Dangling your feet will result in added pressure on the legs. This in turn causes the other parts of the body to compensate for the additional pressure needed to stabilise the body.


By understanding the importance of office ergonomics, it allows us to work towards a more productive working environment for all, preventing injury and enhancing our health, safety and comfort.

What are some of the companies doing to create a more age-friendly workplace for their employees? Refer to our page on Job Re-design here








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