Back and Legs Solutions

Minimizing Risks of Back Disorders

Reduce the risk of developing back disorders by avoiding the common workplace factors that contribute to them.

Keep From Slouching Forward While Working.

Avoid Common Causes Common Solutions

Back bent

Monitor positioned too low or far away

Raise your monitor.

Bring the monitor within 18-24 inches.

Unable to touch type

Learn to touch type.

Keyboard support restricts leg clearance.

Use a low profile keyboard support.

Adjust the height of your keyboard support.

Reaching for the phone or other office materials

Position the phone within easy reach.

Use a phone headset.

Arrange frequently used reference materials within easy reach.

Maintain Proper Alignment.

Avoid Common Causes Common Solutions

Awkward Sitting Postures

Inadequate lumbar support from the chair

Use a lumbar cushion.

Adjust your chair’s lumbar support.

Use a chair that is the correct size for you.

Arm rests interfere with work surface

Adjust or remove the arm rests.

No foot support

Try to set up your work area so that your feet are on the floor. If necessary, use a foot rest.

Vision

Position the monitor and reference materials within easy viewing distance

Fatigue

Take breaks and change position often to avoid muscle tension and fatigue.

Keep Frequently Used Items Within Easy Reach.

Avoid Common Causes Common Solutions

Awkward motions

Extended reach to reference items

Store materials within easy reach. Keep your elbows at your side.

Organize your desk top.

Position reference materials within easy reach.

Reaching for the phone

Position the phone within easy reach.

Use a phone headset.

Vary Your Tasks to Allow Movement and Breaks.

Avoid Common Causes Common Solutions

Prolonged postures

Prolonged sitting

Stand up while talking on the phone.

Adjust your seating throughout the day. Get up and move around.

Take stretch breaks.

Vary your task to encourage changes in posture.

Minimize stress through regular exercise, good nutrition and relaxation.

Take Care When Exerting Large Forces.

Avoid Common Causes Common Solutions

Lifting and moving

Lifting boxes from the floor

Do not store items on the floor.

Carrying boxes or equipment

Use proper lifting techniques.

Get help or use a lifting aid.

Use a cart.

Carrying or traveling with portable computers

Pack light and check luggage when possible.

Use luggage with wheels.

Avoid over reaching, twisting or lifting over head.

Pushing carts

Maintain caster in clean, operating condition.

Match the casters to the floor type.