One of the key elements of good ergonomics is good environmental design.

The way you lay out your work space and how you interface with it has an immediate impact on both your productivity and your health. This is true both for healthy workers, physically challenged workers and people already suffering from cumulative trauma disorders.

Solutions may range from simple fixes such as adding height to the arm pads on your chair, installing an articulated keyboard platform and re-aiming lighting to the purchase of motorized adjustable work stations and body-conforming chairs that dynamically support you as you move.

Ergonomic Solutions by Design

"Let's face it: computers are not good for our physical health. Eyestrain, wrist pain, back troubles and a fat butt are what we get from working too long in front of our computers." Learn2 Avoid Repetitive Stress from provides a step-by-step "2torial" on how to set up and use a safe working environment.

Bad Human Factors Designs A scrapbook of illustrated examples of things that are hard to use because they do not follow human factors principles. by Michael J. Darnell (Wish there were furniture related items, but Michael's probably sitting in a good chair.)

Make It Your Own Schlumberger Environmental Services, Inc. Guidelines for employees to use regarding ergonomics at a computer workstation and how an employee can adapt a current workstation to meet his/her physical abilities.

Comfort, Productivity, and the Myth of "Correct Posture" an essay by Edwin Lochridge, President Metamorphosis Design & Development, Inc., explores how we are taught to perceive comfort.

Computers and Health Individual and Institutional Protective Measures by Daniel A. Updegrove and Kimberly H. Updegrove is a 1991, but still extremely valid examination of workplace ergonomics.

"A good chair is ergonomically designed - fashioned to fit the body’s shape while at work. As with cars, chairs are giving up artistic details and looking more aerodynamic in design. Ergonomic creations take aesthetics into account, but form takes a back seat to function. Ergo, the right chair may not be the most beautiful chair; but it supports back, arms and neck so the body’s energy flow is used for work." Sitting Pretty: The Perfect Office Chair is a reprint of an informative article by Mary-Anne Reed for Business Digest.
In Guidelines for Telecommunications Access we found some enlightening information concerning furniture and office design for blind and deaf workers.

Is your home office a pain in the neck? Ted Boardman of the Hoosier Times has a few pointers about setting up a home office. Worth a visit.

In From Head to Hip: Take Care of Your Other Hardware by Don Bursch, physical therapist, offers another point of view of "correct" posture.

Ergonomics: Luxury or Necessity? Author Yui-wah Lee states that conventional wisdom assumes the computer to be the most important piece of equipment for computing. People are willing to spend money in buying bigger hard-disks, adding more memory, or upgrading to a state-of-the-art CPU. They may have ignored that the most important pieces are, to the contrary, the things that look trivial: office chairs, computer desks, monitor stand, and keyboards.

Choosing a Computer Keyboard System Slide show presentation by Alan Hedge, Director, Human Factors and Ergonomics Laboratory, Cornell University, Dept. Design & Environmental Analysis

Nomos, an ergonomics consultancy in Danderyd, Sweden, has takem some great photos of their offices. You're sure to find them interesting and informative. From the images, they seem to be pretty healthy...hmmm.

"It turns out that the location of the keyboard is a major force in our posture. Where our arms go, our bodies will follow." Where Should the Keyboard Be? An article written by Gary Karp of Onsight Technology Education Services.

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