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Work Station Setup 

We regularly see a variety of injuries and disorders arising from improper computer use and poor posture. These include: 

  • Headaches and eye strain 

  • Neck pain and stiffness 

  • Shoulder and arm pain 

  • Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI) 

  • Wrist, hand and thumb pain 

  • Low back pain 

Many which are preventable with the correct work station set up. Below our team has outlined a list of guidelines for correct work station step up to ensure an ergonomic at-home or in-office work environment. 

Computer Screen

The Monitor & Desk

  • Computer screen should be one arm's length away 

  • The first line of text on the screen at eye-level height 

  • Look away from your screen regularly 

  • Position screen to avoid glare 

  • Easy reach zone for other objects on your desk 

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The Chair

  • Chair height should be determined by arm position

  • Place your bottom at the back of the cahir 

  • 90 degree backrest and seat 

  • Use your backrest at all times 

  • No arm rests 


The Worker

  • Sit on your two 'sit bones', the two bony points of your pelvis 

  • Feet supported on floor or footrest 

  • Shoulders relaxed 

  • Elbows bent at 90 degrees and in by your sides 

  • Forearms parallel to the desk 

  • Wrists straight, level and relaxed 

Seated Work Station Set Up 

Standing Work Station Set Up 

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The Monitor & Desk

  • Desk height should be determined by arm position 

  • Arms should be relaxed, elbows bent at 90 degrees and in by sides

  • Forearms should be parallel to desk 

  • Computer screen should be one arms length away from you 

  • The first line of text should be eye level 

  • The keyboard should be within easy reach zone, wrists should be flat 

  • Position mouse in close to keyboard in easy reach zone 

  • Telephone positioned in easy reach zone 

Standing Desk

The Worker

  • Stand with feet hip width apart 

  • Alternatively, place one foot up on a small step/stool

  • Stand in close to the desk 

  • You may require an anti-fatigue mat 



Our assessments include:


Onsite assessment


Simple changes to work station will be made at the time of assessment


A written report within 5 working days outlining changes made and further recommendations or equipment required


Assistance with ordering of equipment and


Follow-up contact via phone or email to answer any further queries and to ensure the best outcome has been achieved.


Our assessments for groups of employees involve the following components:


Online survey 


On-site in-service -  interactive power point presentation – includes correct sitting and standing posture, correct work station set-up, OH and S regulations, stretch and pause exercises

Individual ergonomic work station assessment – changes made at time of assessment if possible i.e. monitor raised, chair adjusted, desk layout re-arranged if required

Individual reports on findings from assessments including further recommendations/equipment required if necessary

Assistance with ordering and set-up of equipment if required i.e. specific chair recommendation

Attendance report of staff attending in-service

Summary report of equipment required will also be provided to make ordering of equipment (if required) simple and easy for the HR team

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