If you missed Part I of our Ergonomics 101 post on the Neutral Reach Zone, check it out here.
How ergonomic accessories can make your neutral reach zone even more effective
Setting up you reach zone as we've outlined will definitely enhance your working comfort. However by adding some useful accessories it's possible to make your working comfort even better. Of course, adding a sit-stand adjustable desk brings ergonomics to a whole new level. If you're not ready for that quite yet, these tools will be a big help.
Let's take a look at the possibilities.
When you place your keyboard on your desk, even in what seems an ideal position it doesn't usually let you keep your wrists and hands in line. This is where a keyboard platform can really help. A good quality articulated keyboard platform attaches to the underside of the front of your desk. You pull it out when you need it and push it under the desk when you don't. However another key benefit of quality platforms is the ability to angle them backwards, what’s called “negative tilt.” What this does is to allow you too keep your hands and wrists straight helping to minimize unnatural angles which can cause repetitive strain injury.
Generally speaking keyboard platforms usually have a built in mouse tray which can be moved into the ideal working position. Some of the mousing platforms are more adjustable than others. In my experience having the mousing platform rotate and move up and down is a real bonus. So this takes care of your keyboard and mouse.
Another great accessory is a monitor arm which simply fixes to the rear of your desk. Its articulated arm makes it simple to move your screen to precisely the position and angle you need for perfect viewing. Of course, having the monitor up off of the desk makes room for other things you need to keep close at hand. If you want to share your screen content with a colleague it's as easy as swiveling the screen to a position where they can view it comfortably. And when you don't need your screen and you want to free up some desk space for other tasks, you can just push it out of the way.
Lastly a task light can be very helpful in illuminating your work area. A good task light is highly adjustable and its LED light source helps to eliminate glare. It can be especially useful for reading paperwork as this requires about five times more light than needed for reading from a screen. For an example of a a stylish new LED task lamp, check out our Equo video review.
Adding these sorts of simple ergonomic accessories can really help to improve your working comfort.
Let's recap on the points we've covered.
- Setting up your neutral reach zone is vital for keeping muscles healthy
- You need to assess what key tools and equipment must be in you reach zone
- It's still important to move as your work, setting things up properly eliminates unhealthy stretches
- Ergonomic accessories can significantly improve your work area
Just like driving someone else's car you wouldn't be happy without adjusting your driving position first. Nor should you approach your workstation without getting your neutral reach zone properly set up.
And of course as we mention above, adding key ergonomic accessories can really help to improve working comfort and efficiency. Here's where you can find out more about keyboard platforms with inbuilt mouse trays. You can read all about monitor arms by following this link. Lastly here's where to find more about LED task lights.