Home Webinar Q&A: Ergo on the Go Ergonomics Done Right®

Written by: humantech on April 25th, 2014

Thanks to those of you who attended this week’s “Ergo on the Go” live webinar. We had some great questions we didn’t get to during the event, so our responses are below.

Q: ­Are vertical mice better than the standard mouse?­

A: It’s a matter of preference and what the user finds more comfortable over time. Everyone’s body is a little different. A good practice is to try out different mice over the course of two weeks and select the one that transfers less strain to your body. Ergonomically speaking, vertical mice foster natural postures of the hand, wrist, and forearm similar to when we shake hands.

Q: ­What about long flights?  Any recommendations for working from a coach seat with limited leg room/any room at all?

A: Remove all items from below the seat in front of you to ensure maximum leg room. Also, use arm rests only to rest when keying or mousing, so if your seat mate allows, move arm rests out of the way to increase space. Pick a seat such that the dominant hand is in the aisle to allow room to mouse and limit laptop use to 30 minutes. Take a break to enjoy the wonderful inflight beverages and snacks, watch part of a movie, walk up and down the spacious aisles :-).

Q: ­What about using mounted computers within the cab space of a vehicle?­

A: Ensure mounts are within reach without the driver having to twist or reach excessively (only used when vehicle is in park).

Q: ­Another issue for our road warriors is the repetitive motion of entering and exiting the vehicle, and the fact that all of their equipment is mounted within the cab of the vehicle.­

A: When entering and exiting a larger vehicle or SUV, some people find it helpful to use aftermarket assistive devices, like the “Car Caddie” or the “Car Door HandyBar”.

Q: ­Sharing a tip regarding hotel work: I’ve used the ironing board to hold the laptop. Sit at it with the adjustable height task chair & you can adjust height of ironing board as needed. Plus, it can handle the warm laptop surface.  ­

A: Good idea! Good ergonomics can come from unexpected devices, just make sure you have enough leg room and your feet are supported.

Q: ­How does the rubber grip (for the iPad) affect the natural hand posture? ­

A: ­It is designed to keep the hand flat and the wrist straight when attached to the tablet diagonally,  from corner to corner­.

Q: ­What about using mounted computers within the cab space of a vehicle?­

A: Ensure mounts are within reach without the driver having to twist or reach excessively (only used when vehicle is in park).

Q: ­Do you have information on laptops as the main computer (this would be in a doctor’s office situation­)?

A: Use an external monitor, keyboard, and mouse when working from a laptop.  The laptop can serve as a second screen.

Q: ­How do you assess the remote worker’s setup?­

A: Humantech’s Ergopoint® Office Suite will allow for a self-assessment of a user’s home office and will recommend solutions to the design and setup mismatches that you may have to reduce the risk of developing an MSD.

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