Working long hours at a computer tends to cause eye, back, neck or wrist problems. But many of these can be avoided by making your workstation ergonomically correct, experts say.
To provide support for the heels of your hands, the distance between the keyboard and the edge of your desk should be between 10 to 15 centimetres.
To prevent eye problems, you should also check that the distance between your eyes and your screen is between 45 and 60 centimetres, according to advice from Germany's accident insurance association for energy, textile, electrical and media products sectors, BG ETEM.
For long periods at a computer, a separate keyboard can also help avoid hand injuries, To prevent hand pains or repetitive strain injuries, avoid typing on a steeply inclined keyboard at an angle of more than 15 degrees.
Employers can help desk workers by ensuring they are able to adjust various aspects of their workplace, including desk height, chair inclination and monitor angle according to their needs. — dpa