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Workstation Self-Adjustment - Step #2: Desk and Keyboard Tray Height Adjustment

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Risk Management, Portland, OR                                                                           05/14/2014

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After adjusting your chair according to instructions in Step #1, adjust your desk height as follows:


    • Relax your shoulders and place your arms in your lap. Bring your forearms up so that your elbow angle is at 90 degrees or greater. 

    • Measure the distance between the ground and your elbow. Adjust the keyboard tray to the elbow-to-ground measurement. Alternatively, match the height of your keyboard tray to the height of your elbow.

    • The upper arm and elbow should be close to the body and relaxed while typing and using the mouse.

    • If you use the keyboard and mouse on your desk surface, adjust your desk height equal to or within one inch of your measured elbow-to-ground height.

Desk height adjustments should be requested through your Bureau Ergonomic Coordinator.