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Healthy Workstation

Components of a Healthy Workstation

Five must-have items comprise the essentials of a fully ergonomic workstation. These tools work together to promote working comfort and health, while minimizing the risk of pain, musculoskeletal disorders and exposure to indoor air pollution.

 

The Essentials Five must-have items comprise the essentials of a fully ergonomic workstation. These tools work together to promote working comfort and health, while minimizing the risk of pain, musculoskeletal disorders and exposure to indoor air pollution.

The Extras Though not necessarily essentials, these ergo extras make computer work even more comfortable.

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Ergonomic Task Chair
The best ergonomic task chairs promote spontaneous movement and offer easy, intuitive operation. Look for a chair that automatically adjusts to your body's needs with dynamic recline and lumbar support. Armrests that connect to the back of the chair—so they move with you during recline—are also a valuable feature.
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Task Light
An often-overlooked ergo essential, the task light provides the right amount of light necessary for viewing hard copy documents and helps prevent glare and Computer Vision Syndrome—a condition affecting up to 90% of computer users, causing eyestrain, eye fatigue, dry eyes, light sensitivity, blurred vision, headaches and other symptoms. Task lighting has even been linked to boosts in mood and productivity, and allows lower levels of ambient lighting, yielding significant reductions in energy usage and associated costs.
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Articulating Keyboard Support
Keyboard supports form the bridge between the user and the computer.
They help prevent wrist pain and carpal tunnel syndrome, allow the upper body to relax, and maximize the function of an ergonomic task chair by enabling the user to work while fully engaged with the lumbar support. Look for keyboard supports with negative tilt adjustability to keep wrists straight and protect them from injury.
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Monitor Arm & Laptop Holders

Monitor arms serve double-duty in the ergonomic workspace.
In addition to enabling ergonomic positioning of the monitor, monitor arms clear valuable desktop space for other uses and can make smaller workspaces more productive.
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Laptop holders allow ergonomic use of a laptop computer by propping the monitor up into an easy-to-view position and requiring the use of an external keyboard and mouse.
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Air Purifier

Indoor air quality is an integral element of an ergonomic workspace, and deficient air quality can have a direct—and significant—impact on the bottom line in the form of lost productivity and healthcare expenses. The best air cleaning solutions eliminate pollutants, dust and biological contaminants without disturbing the user with noise or a breeze. Energy efficiency and ozone-free operation are also important considerations in an air purifier.
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CPU Support
CPU supports bring drives and ports into easy ergonomic reach, and protect valuable hardware protect from dirt and dust, vacuums, and other workplace hazards. Desk-mounted CPU supports with swivel-and-stow features offer maximum user convenience, and units providing tool-free installation can yield cost savings and simplify IT support.
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Peripherals
An ergonomic mouse limits the repetitive stress and compression that can lead to serious long-term injury such as carpal tunnel syndrome. The best ergo mice support the entire hand and adjust to suit users of different sizes.
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Cable Management
Cable clutter can limit productivity and create workplace hazards in addition to creating an eyesore. Cable management systems route cords and cables neatly. Extra-large cord-routers can house ballasts and power strips for added convenience.
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Footrest
Rocking footrests offer relief from prolonged inactive sitting by increasing circulation, limiting the pooling of fluid in the legs, and taking pressure off the lower back.
See Humanscale's selection of footrests >