People spend many hours sitting at the computer completing tasks and being sedentary on a daily basis. Being sedentary over time can cause pain and health problems. Good posture should be a priority, just like a good diet and exercise routine. Proper control room ergonomics can make a big difference.
At Fountain Head Control Rooms, we focus on proper control room ergonomics. Our control room design methodology adapts the working environment to people. We help prevent back pain, leg, or eye disorders with an overarching benefit on fatigue management & comfort. We recognize the importance of situational awareness. And we take care to help our clients realize an optimized space for operational effectiveness, as well as employee comfort and health considerations.
Here are 4 basic tips on proper posture at your computer that will help with proper control room ergonomics.
1. An ergonomic chair
The most important element for optimal posture at the computer. The chair should have no fixed part but must adapt perfectly to the movements of the operator. The headrest should be fixed and allow watching screens while fully supporting cervical and lumbar spine. Meanwhile, the armrests must be mobile and in parallel, so that they are always at the same level.
2. Placing the monitor
Secondly, the monitor position is key to ensure correct position of the shoulders and back. We recommend and utilize fully articulating ergonomic supports to ensure perfect placement and adaptability which can be tailored to an individual. Optimal viewing distance it typically 30” to 35” from the screens, based on screen size.
3. The position of the feet
In addition, the soles of the feet should be flat on the floor or on a specifically designed platform to assist in foot position.
4. The position of the arms
Finally, the arms and wrists should form a right angle and your wrists and forearms be straight. A small tilt of the keyboard will help improve the position.
Apart from these tips, it is essential to rest & stretch periodically, so that you can keep your body and mind refreshed, alert and fight against discomfort, pain and muscle stiffness.
Proper Control Room Ergonomics from Fountain Head Control Rooms
For assistance and information about our modern control room design services and proper control room ergonomics, contact us at 404.990.3748.