Ergo Gear: The Humanscale Guide

It’s important to have the proper seating, workspace furnishings, and lighting that fit your needs. If you experience discomfort with your current chair or workstation, consider some of the options that Humanscale has to offer.

Why Go Ergonomic?

Ergonomic furniture can help promote good employee health and productivity. This advanced line of furniture is meant to help users feel more comfortable at their workstation. It can help correct posture and eliminate contact stress.

Ergonomic furniture is built differently than regular furniture. It’s built with users’ health and safety in mind.

How to Get the Most Out of Your Ergonomic Office Furniture with Humanscale

Office Seating

1. Make sure your seat is at a height where your thighs will be parallel to the floor.

2. Adjust the depth of your seat pan to have 2 inches of clearance between the back of your knees and the front of your seat.

3. Ensure that your backrest comfortably fits on the lower part of your back.

4. Adjust your chair’s recline tension – if necessary – to support varying degrees of recline.

5. Lean back, relax and allow the backrest to provide full support to
your upper body.

Keyboards and Mouse

Keyboard and Mouse

6. Keyboards should be positioned approximately one to one and a half inches above your thighs. Angle your keyboard slightly away from your body. Keep your wrists straight and in a neutral position when typing.

7. Your mouse should be close to your keyboard. Instead of placing your wrist on the workstation, you should instead use your heel of the palm over the mouse surface and use your entire arm to guide the mouse. We suggest a Humanscale keyboard tray with an attached mouse pad.

Monitors

Monitors

8. Position your monitor at least an arm’s length away with the top line of text at or just below eye level. Tilt your monitor slightly away from you so that your line of sight is perpendicular to the monitor. We suggest using an adjustable monitor arm.

Lights

Lights

9. Position your task light to the side opposite of the hand you use to write. Shine it away from your monitor to avoid glare. We suggest using a Humanscale task light.

Alignment of Monitor and Keyboard

10. Your monitor and the spacebar on your keyboard should be midline within your body. Arrange frequently used work materials within easy reach to minimize twisting and reaching.

Take A Break

11. Take a few 30 to 60 second breaks each hour to allow your body to recover from periods of repetitive stress.