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Workstation Self-Adjustment - Step #4: Monitor & Other Workstation Adjustments

City Risk LogoLoss Prevention

Risk Management, Portland, OR                                                                                          05/14/2014


Make monitor adjustments as follows:Computer Monitors

  • If  you have a single monitor, center the monitor directly in front of you.

  • If you have dual monitors, determine how much you use each monitor.Position the top of the monitor so that it is approximately at the same level as your eyebrow.  If you wear bifocals, lower the monitor and tilt the bottom toward you so that you do not have to tilt your head to view the monitor through your glasses.

    • If  both monitors are used an equal amount of time, set the monitors next to each other. The center meeting point of the monitors should be centered directly in front of you. Angle the monitors in a slight outward “V” shape.

    • If one monitor is used as the primary monitor, position it directly in front of the user and place the secondary monitor to the right of left at about a 30 degree angle to the primary monitor.Sit at least an arm's length away from the screen, then adjust the distance for your vision.

  • Position the screen at right angles to windows.

  • Adjust the vertical screen angle and screen controls to minimize glare from overhead lights.

 Other workstation adjustments to consider:

  • Use a document holder to position paper reference materials directly in front of you, between the monitor and the keyboard.

  • Place your telephone within easy reach and on the same side as the arm you use to dial and pick up the handset.

  • Use headsets and speaker phone when possible to eliminate cradling the handset between your head and shoulder.

  • Place frequently used items within easy reach.