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1 DSE workstation set-up The following presentation provides you with the basic principles to set up your workstation. It’s not comprehensive and if you feel any discomfort whilst working at your workstation contact your DSE co-ordinator

2 Posture Head Centred over Shoulders about an arms length from the screen with eyes looking straight ahead or just below horizontal Neck In neutral position without straining forward or backwards Shoulders C omfortably held down and back Back Upright while maintaining curve of lower back

3 Posture Elbows relaxed close to side of body at about 90° angle Wrists relaxed in a straight position without resting on a wrist pad or the edge of the work surface Fingers gently curved downwards

4 Posture Incorrect sitting posture

5 Chair Height adjustable Backrest height adjustable Backrest tiltable Minimum of 5 castors mounted on wheels Non slip surface 360° swivel

6 Chair STAND in front of the chair. Adjust the height so that the seat is approximately at knee level.

7 Posture Knees slightly lower than the hips Chair slanted slightly forward Feet Planted on the floor

8 Chair SIT so there is space between the front edge of the chair and the lower part of the legs just fits a clenched fist

9 Chair ADJUST so the back rest supports the curve in the lower back

10 Chair TIGHTEN the chair backrest so that it does not give way with body weight USE only chairs with adjustable arms that do not interfere with the work

11 Keyboard Right Wrong

12 Keyboard Researchers believe by keeping your wrists and hands in line with your forearms in a straight and neutral position, you reduce stress and strain on tendons and muscles. It is best to avoid the use of wrist pads while keyboarding.

13 Keyboard Right Wrong

14 Monitor The monitor should be placed directly in front of you at approximately arms length and angled slightly backwards. The top of the screen should be at eye level or just slightly lower. Natural light should be directed at 90° to the screen.

15 Mouse Right Wrong

16 Mouse Researchers believe by keeping your wrists and hands in line with your forearms in a straight and neutral position, you reduce stress and strain on tendons and muscles.

17 Mouse Right Wrong

18 Mouse The mouse should be held loosely and should fit naturally under the palm of the hand. Avoid the use of a wrist pad. The mouse should be positioned at the same height as the keyboard and directly adjacent, to avoid reaching. Avoid holding index finger elevated between clicks. Right Wrong

19 Work Surface Adequate leg room should be available under the work surface. Materials should not be stored under the work surface. The work surface should accommodate all required materials. Items used infrequently should be stored elsewhere.

20 Work Surface The height of the work surface should be adjusted to the level of the elbows with arms hanging by the side. If using an un-adjustable work surface on a temporary basis: adjust the chair height as the keyboard. If the feet do not rest on the floor or if excessive pressure is felt on the back of the legs, a footrest should be used

21 Work surface Usual Zone: this area should contain only items that are used most frequently e.g. keyboard, mouse, note pad Occasional Zone: this area should contain items that are used periodically e.g. telephone, calculator, in out tray Rare Zone: this area should contain only items that are seldom used or for display only, e.g. pen/ pencil cup, desk plant, photos, clock. Rare Occasional usual

22 Environment Lighting direct natural light 90° to monitor, with an adjustable window covering to control intensity and direction of light. To avoid glare on screen place monitor directly under fluorescent lighting. Accessory lighting should be directed at copy holder text Copyholder placed at same height as monitor on left or right Heating/air conditioning vents air flows should be directed away from you.

23 Help and advice In the first instance contact your School or Departmental DSE Co-ordinator or Line Manager. If a query cannot be resolved, contact the Health and Safety Department on or visit


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