Safety Tip of the Week: Proper keyboarding tips

Keyboard close-up with red and white "Caution" cone resting on the keyboard

This week, Wendy Couture, the district’s safety and risk reduction manager, shares information about proper keyboarding tips.

Good keyboarding posture is just a few steps away. Follow these tips to reduce potential for injury:

  • Feet and Legs
    Sit up straight with your feet flat on the floor. Avoid tucking your legs beneath you or extending them forward. Stretch often.
  • Arms
    Adjust your chair and keyboard height so your elbows are at a 90-degree angle and your arms are close to your sides. Your arms should hang in a relaxed manner. If your shoulders hunched forward you may need to raise your chair height or lower your keyboard.
  • Wrists and Hands
    Keep wrists straight and fingers curved over the keys, with thumbs hanging near the spacebar. Your wrists should be above and parallel to the keyboard. Avoid the temptation to rest your wrists on the wrist pad. Use the wrist pad for times between typing and resting.
  • Head
    Keep your eyes focused on the copy you are typing. If you find yourself turning your head back and forth from copy to screen, work on improving your touch typing skills. Adjust the position of the copy so you can see it without tilting your head excessively. Holding your head in one position can cause stress to your neck.

There are three types of low force used while working on the computer which when repeated over long periods can be hazardous to your physical health such as carpal tunnel, sprains and strains. These types or forces are defined as:

  • Dynamic force is force exerted through repetitive movements, such as pressing hard on keys or clicking the mouse button.
  • Static force is for holding the mouse or cradling the phone while typing.
  • Contact force is a low force that results from resting your wrists on the edge of your desk as you type.