What are some best practices surrounding device use to ensure proper ergonomics?
Using a mobile device for work has both benefits and drawbacks when thinking about musculoskeletal stress. The Instructional Technology Coordinators vetted several cases for multiple factors one of which was to find a case with a stand that facilitated a neutral typing position to mitigate over-use injuries. Below are are few tips to help mitigate potential musculoskeletal stress from device use.
- Maintain a neutral writing position when typing. Use the provided case stand for that purpose.
- Be mindful of neck position. Hold the device or use the stand in a manner that creates a neutral neck position.
- Use the device for educational and limit gaming purposes. Repetitive gaming motions can cause muscle stress and fatigue.
To reduce eye strain and fatigue follow these tips:
- Place the screen 20-26 inches away from your face and slightly below eye level
- Keep the screen (or screen cover) clean. Regularly remove dust and fingerprints.
- Take breaks, follow the 20-20-20 rule. Take a break every 20-minutes and look at something 20-feet away for 20-seconds.
- Use device with good lighting (not too dark or excessive brightness)
- Adjust display settings – set brightness to match your surroundings and adjust text size