Head, Neck and Eyes

Position your monitor about an arm’s length away

  • Adjust the monitor height so the top of the viewing area is slightly below your eye level; this height should be decreased for bifocal-users
  • Place the document holder at the same height as the monitor’s viewing area, or in line with monitor
  • Back & Shoulders
  • If seated, make sure to select a chair with lumbar support that adjusts to fit your lower back
  • Arms should rest at the side of your body while using the keyboard
  • Place the mouse next to the keyboard, at the same height

Elbows & Forearms

Your elbow should be bent between 90 – 110 degrees


  • Ensure the keyboard is positioned slightly below your elbow height
  • If seated, lower or remove arm rests during typing tasks to prevent elevation of arm/shoulder
  • Hands & Wrists
  • Keep your wrists straight while typing by placing the keyboard/mouse slightly below elbow height
  • Place wrist rests so they do not contact your hands or wrists while typing
  • Hold the mouse with a relaxed grip during use and relax hand while not in use
  • Depress the keys lightly and remove your hands from the keyboard when not typing
  • Flatten the feet on the underside of your keyboard to minimize wrist bending

Lower Extremities

If seated, adjust the seat pan to fully support your upper legs, allowing space for 2-3 fingers between the back of the knee and the front of the seat

  • Position your knee joint angle between 90 – 110 degrees with feet resting flat on the floor or footrest
  • If standing, use anti-fatigue matting or anti-fatigue insoles/shoes for additional comfort
  • You can also prop one foot up on a footrest and alternate between legs