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Osha Releases Guidelines On Office Safety: Computer Monitors Are A Concern

Jan 24, 2008
OSHA, the work environment safety experts, suggest that computer monitors "placed too close or too far away may cause you to assume awkward body positions that can lead to eyestrain." An article on their website goes on to say, "Viewing distances that are too long can cause you to lean forward and strain to see small text. This can fatigue the eyes and place stress on the torso because the backrest is no longer providing support. Viewing distances that are too short may cause your eyes to work harder to focus (convergence problems) and may require you to sit in awkward postures. For instance, you may tilt your head backward or push your chair away from the screen, causing you to type with outstretched arms."

While there are multiple solutions to this concerning problem, they suggest sitting "at a comfortable distance from the monitor where you can easily read all text with your head and torso in an upright posture and your back supported by your chair. Generally, the preferred viewing distance is between 20 and 40 inches (50 and 100 cm) from the eye to the front surface of the computer screen." They also suggest that you "provide adequate desk space between the user and the monitor (table depth). If there is not enough desk space, consider doing the following: (1) Make more room for the back of the monitor by pulling the desk away from the wall or divider; or (2) Provide a flat-panel display, which is not as deep as a conventional monitor and requires less desk space; or (3) move back and install an adjustable keyboard tray to create a deeper working surface."

Versatables, a high quality manufacturer of computer desks and computer desk accessories, offers a line of keyboard trays and arms that provide comfort and ergonomic support to the user. Indeed, adding an adjustable keyboard tray will create a deeper working surface and allow the user to push his or her chair back, distancing him or herself from the computer.

Another way Versa Products can help achieve an ergonomic workstation is through their line of LCD monitor arms. LCD monitor arms attach directly to the back of flat screen monitors. The enable the user to tilt, move, and adjust the monitor for height and distance with a single touch. The arms can be mounted to shelves, the desktop, poles, or even the wall. This helps to create a way for the user to maintain a comfortable viewing distance at all times, even as eyes begin to fatigue.

Versatables has been a quality retailer and manufacturer of computer tables for years. All of Versa's products ship for free in the contiguous United States. All products also carry a comprehensive lifetime warranty. They assemble easily and quickly and Versa offers quantity discounts beginning with only two like products. For more information about Versatables and its extensive line of products, visit their website. Additional information regarding ergonomics, ergonomic standards, and tips on how to create ergonomic computer workstations can also be found on the site.
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