People working in desk-jobs need to be careful that they don't injure themselves. When we usually think of work related accidents, we think of sports people, movie stunt people, drivers and people who lift or carry heavy items. But working with computers, typing, reading or writing can be just as hazardous unless you are careful.
Here is a checklist that you can follow to make sure to reduce the risk of possible injury:
Maintain proper posture, paying careful attention to the position of your head, neck, arms and feet.
Switch between different postures on a regular basis.
When keyboarding, use minimum force while striking the keys.
Take frequent mini-breaks throughout the day to give muscles and joints a chance to rest and recover.
Give your eyes a break by closing them momentarily, gazing at a distant object and blinking frequently.
Maintain appropriate lighting levels for specific tasks. More illumination may be needed to read a document than a computer screen.
Reduce or eliminate glare by using window shades, diffusers on overhead lighting and anti-glare filters for computers.
Adjust the contrast and brightness on your computer screen to a comfortable level.
Get a regular eye exam and if necessary, wear glasses or contact lenses.
Clean the computer screen and other surfaces regularly.
Reduce the number of dust collecting items like papers and files on your desk.
Reduce stress by planning ahead and setting realistic goals for what you can accomplish during the day.
Organize your workload to help even out busy and slow times, to avoid feeling "swamped".
Avoid long periods of repetitive activity. For example, alternate computer work with other tasks like phone calls, filing, copying and meetings.
Acknowledge ideas and accomplishments of co-workers on a regular basis.
Personalize your office with a few favorite items, like artwork, photos and plants.