Ergonomics: Tips on computer ergonomics

Ergonomics also known as human engineering is the study of human capabilities in relationship to work demands. It is the study of human factors and design the
workspace in such a way to make it better, comfortable and efficient. It helps the
person at work to overcome physical stress. Ergonomics is associated much towards the software professionals who are pounding on the PC non-stop.

Software people are vulnerable to several stress due to continous work. Their fingers go numb, arms and elbow aches, shoulder pain, back pain, headaches, eye strain are all related to several improper environmental factors. When ergonomics is applied, it provides a healthy work habits that paves way for smooth interaction between man and machine. We need to appy physical ergonomics, that is concerned with human anatomical, physiological characteristics that relate to physical activity. Ergonomist are the people who design equipment, tools, and the work environment to maximize productivity by decreasing risk of physical injury, reducing fatigue and discomfort.

People who use computer constantly, should know about computer ergonomics. Due to continous stress on particular part of our body, several conditions like Carpal Tunnel Syndrome are caused due to computer-related Repetitive Strain Injury(RSI). It causes reduced sensitivity in your thumb, index, middle and part of your ring finger.

Computer ergonomics includes several points that makes your computer work area a healthier and safe. Put Computer Ergonomics into practice and prevent serious health problems. Employers are now go for ergonomic chairs and desk, keyboards, mouse, monitors in their office. Microsoft and logitech companies have introduced mouse, keyboards that are ergonomic.
* See that your computer screen is at eye level.
* Do not have your screen too bright.
* See that the screen does not glare.
* Wink your eye frequently. Look away in different directions to prevent eye strain.
* Adjust your chair according to your height.
* Low back should always be supported.
* Keep your feet flat on the floor.
* Practice correct posture; keep your shoulders back and your head up.
* Make sure your desk is waist/elbow level.
* Take short breaks and stretch frequently.
* Use keyboard rather than mouse frequently.