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- The workstation must be at a fixed level setup. Kitchen benches, dining rooms tables and bed side tables are not appropriate. The workstation must be a designated desk which provides adequate space and is flat.
- The chair must be equivalent to that of a standard office chair, at minimum.
- Adequate Lighting
- Keyboard within arms distance and off the tilt to promote a neutral, relaxed wrist position.
- The area should be clear of hazards to maintain a clear workspace
- The area should be in an area that is readily available to escape in case of fire, have sufficient first aid supplies and have a smoke alarm present.
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- Make sure that the area is clear of trip hazards, cables and there is a fire extinguisher, smoke alarm and designated exit route.
- Choose a designated room for work
- Work on a designated desk that provides adequate space and an even surface
- Be sitting in a chair that is office standard. Sitting in the incorrect position may increase risk of tension, fatigue and pain.
- Keep frequently used objects within arm’s distance to minimize stretching performed by the shoulders and arms.
- Choose an area with adequate lighting, temperature and noise levels.
- Place the laptop at height which you look into the top of the screen as this reduces the bending done by the neck and is associated with a higher risk of tension and fatigue.
- If using more than once screen, place them at equal height and next to each other.
- Take, short and frequent breaks to help offset the tension that may accumulate in working muscles. These breaks only need to be for a minute every half an hour.
- Look away from the screen as often as possible; ideally every twenty minutes, into the distance to help eye muscles relax