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Ergonomics Checklist for Workplace

Using this checklist, you can carefully analyze the important and functional areas of your workspace in order to evaluate how healthy, comfortable and efficient your work station is. You can also consider your work habits, and assess if you are implementing ergonomic equations and techniques into your working routine. After considering your responses to the following questions, you will be able to identify specific and practical ways to ergonomically enhance your work space or the work stations of your employees.
Doing so will truly pay off in multiple ways. Work stations should be built around people, yet according to Fellowes Ergonomics,

“70% of people have suffered from an ailment associated with an inappropriate workspace environment over the past three years.”

Such ailments cost any business time and money. Employees are a company’s biggest asset, and making sure that all work spaces are ergonomically friendly is a worthwhile investment.

Worker Posture

Are both feet flat on the floor or on a footrest? YES NO
Are the knees bent at approximately 90o angles? YES NO
Are the thighs and lower arms held parallel to the floor? YES NO
Do the thighs fit comfortably under the desk? YES NO
Is the back fully supported across all regions by the backrest? YES NO
Are the upper arms hanging by the sides? YES NO
Are the wrists held in neutral positions? YES NO
Is the neck held straight above the shoulders? YES NO
Does the employee maintain proper posture while performing their duties? YES NO

 

Chair

Is the chair’s seat height adjustable? YES NO
Is the chair’s lumbar support region adjustable in height? YES NO

 

Keyboard Position

Are the keyboard legs bent underneath in order to make the keyboard level? YES NO
Is the keyboard tray positioned on an adjustable surface? YES NO
Is the keyboard backlit making the keys easy to see? YES NO
Is the keyboard split to support neutral wrist positioning? YES NO

 

Computer Monitor

Can the computer monitor height be adjusted by the worker? YES NO
Is the computer monitor positioned directly in front of the worker? YES NO
Is the screen at least an arm’s length away? YES NO
Does the monitor tilt upward, downward or swivel? YES NO
Does the room’s lighting cause a glare on the screen? YES NO
Can the monitor’s brightness/contrast be controlled? YES NO
Is the screen positioned perpendicular to any window light? YES NO
Are the images and text clear and sharp on the screen? YES NO
Does the monitor make an audible buzzing sound? YES NO

 

Employee Work Station

Are there any areas of the workstation where contact stress occurs or could occur? YES NO
Does the workspace cause frequent reaches below shoulder height and/or above knee height? YES NO
Are all frequently used items within a 6”-8” reach? YES NO
Is there are least 2” of clearance between the worker’s thighs and the working surface? YES NO
Are items positioned appropriately for hand dominance? YES NO
Is the area underneath the desk clear of items like cords and cables? YES NO
Can the worker reach all equipment and items without twisting? YES NO
Does the workspace support sit to stand work flow? YES NO
Is the work area free of drafts? YES NO
Is noise controlled in the work area? YES NO
Do all work station surfaces have a non-reflective finish to reduce glare? YES NO

 

Other Considerations

Are any motions or patterns repeated every few seconds for more than two hours at a time? YES NO
Is the worker able to affect their work rate? YES NO
Are rest breaks provided after two hours of continuous computer work? YES NO
Does the worker regularly perform task analysis? YES NO
Is the worker required to manually hold or handle more than 25 lbs.? YES NO
Is the worker required to hold more than 2 lbs. in a pinch grip for more than 5 minutes? YES NO
Is the worker required to hold more than 10 lbs. in a power grip for more than 5 minutes? YES NO

Ergonomics Checklist for Home

While most organizations only discuss ergonomics as the science applies in the workplace, at VersaTables we don’t ignore the fact that we also spend at least half of our days in our homes. Thus, it only makes sense to make our homes more ergonomically friendly as well.  Not only does doing so make our homes more safe, but also more comfortable and efficient, allowing us to truly enjoy the place we enjoy the most.

Ergonomics-Info.com points out the importance of home ergonomics in reducing stress or repetitive work related injuries:

“Looking closer at how and where we spend our time at home and home ergonomics [makes it clear] that there are items in nearly every room that are not designed ergonomically. What is astonishing is that maybe we shouldn’t be so quick to blame the workplace, we have to look carefully at our own homes!”

We can help rectify this situation with our ergonomically friendly home office furniture. We can even create pieces uniquely designed for your residential space with our custom order offer.

Home Office Computer Use

When computing, are both feet flat on the floor or on a footrest? YES NO
When computing, are the knees bent at approximately 90o angles? YES NO
Are the thighs and lower arms held parallel to the floor? YES NO
Do the thighs fit comfortably under the home office desk? YES NO
Is the back fully supported across all regions by the backrest? YES NO
Are the upper arms hanging by the sides? YES NO
Are the wrists held in neutral positions? YES NO
Is the neck held straight above the shoulders? YES NO
Does you maintain proper posture while working or relaxing at the computer? YES NO

 

Home Office Chair

Is the chair’s seat height adjustable? YES NO
Is the chair’s lumbar support region adjustable in height? YES NO

 

Home Office Keyboard Position

Are the keyboard legs bent underneath in order to make the keyboard level? YES NO
Is the keyboard tray positioned on an adjustable surface? YES NO
Is the keyboard backlit making the keys easy to see? YES NO
Is the keyboard split to support neutral wrist positioning? YES NO

 

Home Computer Monitors

Can you adjust the computer monitor height? YES NO
Is the computer monitor positioned at eye level? YES NO
Is the lcd monitor arm at least an arm’s length away? YES NO
Does the monitor tilt upward, downward or swivel? YES NO
Does the room’s lighting cause a glare on the screen? YES NO
Can the monitor’s brightness/contrast be controlled? YES NO
Is the screen positioned perpendicular to any window light? YES NO
Are the images and text clear and sharp on the screen? YES NO
Does the monitor make an audible buzzing sound? YES NO

 

Home Office Area

Are there any areas of your office desk where contact stress occurs or could occur? YES NO
Does your home office workspace cause frequent reaches below shoulder height and/or above knee height? YES NO
Are all frequently used items in your home office within a 6”-8” reach? YES NO
Is there are least 2” of clearance between your thighs and the working surface? YES NO
Are your personal items positioned appropriately for hand dominance? YES NO
Is the area underneath the desk clear of items like cords and cables? YES NO
Can the reach all office equipment and items without twisting? YES NO
Does your home office setup support sit to stand computing? YES NO
Is your home office free of drafts? YES NO
Does your desk surface have a non-reflective finish to reduce glare? YES NO

 

Living Room Area

Does your living room furniture offer appropriate back support, especially in the lumbar region? YES NO
When you sit on your sofa are your knees strained by bending less than 90o? YES NO
Is your sofa firm enough that you do not sink into it when sitting, placing undue pressure on your hips? YES NO
When relaxing in your living room do you change positions regularly, avoiding a sedentary lifestyle? YES NO
Do you avoid eye strain by sitting an appropriate distance from your television? (For distance recommendations see the Television Tutor) YES NO
Is your living room area free of drafts? YES NO

 

Bedroom Area

Do you use an ergonomically enhanced sleeping system, like an adjustable bed? YES NO
Is your sleeping space kept clear of clutter? YES NO
Do you lower the thermostat before sleeping each night? YES NO
Do you avoid intrusive lights from appliances in your bedroom? (IE – bright alarm clocks, cell phone glows etc.) YES NO
Is your bedroom free of drafts? YES NO

 

Kitchen Area

Does your kitchen utilize an effective work triangle? YES NO
Is your kitchen well-lit? YES NO
Is your kitchen space free of drafts? YES NO

 

Other Considerations

Are any motions or patterns repeated every few seconds for more than two hours at a time? YES NO
Do you take rest breaks after every two hours of continuous computer work, or other repetitive home activity? YES NO
Does you regularly perform task analysis when working in your home? YES NO
Is your home ergonomically friendly and safe for any household members with special needs? YES NO
Is your home ergonomically friendly and safe for children? YES NO

Ergonomics Checklist for Children

While children are significantly smaller than adults, their bodies are continually forced into an adult-sized world. This can create problems for their comfortable and safe growth and development. By taking measures to ensure your child’s everyday items, home surroundings and school environment are more ergonomically friendly, you can make certain their bodies receive proper support and do not experience harmful and unnecessary stress.

It is imperative that you work with your child’s other family members and school officials to ensure your child is able to practice appropriate ergonomic living. This helps minimize the likelihood your child will develop a problematic muscular or skeletal condition.

Perhaps nothing sums up the importance of taking these measures more than this simple truth offered by the International Children’s Ergonomics Foundation:

“We have a special responsibility to teach our children how to do things safely. Their future, and our very own, depends on it.”

By using the following checklist with your child, you and your son or daughter can evaluate the world that surrounds them and work to make it more ergonomically safe and friendly.

Everyday Items

Are the dishes, silverware, cups and straws used appropriate to the child’s size? YES NO
Is the child’s bed set at an appropriate height, or is a step stool available to eliminate the child’s need to jump or pull themselves into bed? YES NO
Are commonly used items stored on shelves that do not require stretching or straining to reach? YES NO
Are common objects appropriate to hand dominance? YES NO
If needed, are booster seats used at the table to ensure children can sit with proper and healthy posture while eating or working on homework? YES NO

 

Home Surroundings

Are additional stair rails installed at a child-friendly 24” above the stair tread, rather than the standard 32”? YES NO
Are light-weight stepping stools available throughout the house to help children reach light switches, cupboards and sinks? YES NO
Because most lounge furniture is made for adults and too large to appropriately support children’s bodies, are other child-friendly options like bean bags, banana chairs or miniature furniture pieces available? YES NO
Are bath traction products used to avoid slipping? YES NO

 

School Equipment

Does your child’s learning institution incorporate an ergonomics learning-based approach? YES NO
Does your child sit on school furniture appropriate to their size? YES NO
When working at a computer, does your child take stretch breaks every 15 minutes? YES NO
Does school computer equipment allow for neutral positioning? YES NO
Are computer screens in the classroom positioned at the children’s eye level? YES NO
Are the classroom computer screens adjustable in height? YES NO

 

Backpacks

Does your child’s backpack have two shoulder straps to help evenly distribute weight? YES NO
Does the backpack have wide padded straps? YES NO
Is your child’s backpack appropriate to their back height? (Back height = shoulder line to waist line + 2 inches) YES NO
Does the pack have a padded back or added support in the lumbar region? YES NO
Does the bag have separate compartments to keep things organized? YES NO
Does the backpack have a waist strap? YES NO
Does a 60 lbs. child carry no more than 5lbs.? YES NO
Does a 60-75 lbs. child carry no more than 10 lbs.? YES NO
Does a 100 lbs. child carry no more than 15 lbs.? YES NO
Does a 125 lbs. child carry no more than 18 lbs.? YES NO
Does a 150 lbs. child carry no more than 20 lbs.? YES NO
Does a 200 lbs. child carry no more than 25 lbs.? YES NO

 

Additional School Gear

Does your child use scissors and rulers appropriate to their hand size? YES NO
Does your child use slightly yellow or cream paper to avoid the glare of bright white paper? YES NO
Does your child use ergonomic writing tools to avoid writer’s cramp? YES NO
Does your child have a quality eraser that completely eliminates pencil marks? YES NO

 

Please be aware that this checklist is not exhaustive. Rather, it is designed to help you notice common ergonomics needs for children, inspiring you to further identify individual conditions that may be present in your own home and your child’s school.

For more information on how your child should sit at and use a computer, you should become educated about the ideal Ergonomic Equation for computing, and might also find it useful to refer to the ideas presented in the Workplace and Home checklists.

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