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Saturday, 20 June 2009 15:52

OHS & Your Keyboard and Mouse


When using a keyboard and mouse, your upper arms should be relaxed by your sides, your elbows bent at a right angle and your wrists straight.

There are many types of keyboards designed to help prevent soft tissue injuries (STI) by placing the hands in a more natural position. An example is a split keyboard design. The effectiveness of these keyboards depends on the user and the type of work being performed.

Since purchasing an alternate keyboard is a matter of preference, you should ensure that it could be used for a trial period first.

Your keyboard should lie flat (not propped up on keyboard “legs”) or negatively inclined (tilted slightly away from you), if a tilting keyboard tray is used. This should place the keyboard in the same plane as your forearms.

The mouse should be at the same level as the keyboard and within easy reach. One way to bring your keyboard and mouse to elbow height is a keyboard tray, if it does not compromise legroom.

Ensure that any keyboard tray is wide enough to hold your mouse.

Occasionally, you may want to switch the side of the keyboard on which your mouse is located. By alternating hands, you are using different muscles, thereby reducing the risk of injury.

If you use a palm rest, it should be soft, of equal length to the keyboard, and no higher than the keyboard. Use it to rest the base of your palms when you are not keying.
Last Updated on Saturday, 20 June 2009 16:08
 

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