Safety share: 3 tips for ergonomic wrist support
According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), we need to pay attention to the angle at which our wrists are bent when typing at a computer.
To-Dos for Wrist Support
OSHA recommends these actions:
- If using a wrist/palm rest, incorporate it as part of an ergonomically coordinated computer workstation. (The HEW department in Building 201 can help. Contact Jaimin G. Shah at email@example.com or ext. 2‑2890.)
- Match the wrist support to the width, height and slope of the front edge of the keyboard, keeping in mind that the goal is to keep wrist postures as straight as possible.
- Use wrist/palm supports that are fairly soft and rounded to minimize pressure on the wrists. The support should be at least 1.5 inches deep.
If using a wrist/palm support, our hands should move freely and be elevated above it while typing. When resting, the pad should contact the heel or palm of our hands, not our wrists. We can reduce bending of the wrists by adjusting other workstation components (e.g., chairs, desks, keyboards) so that our wrists can maintain an in-line, neutral posture.
Additional information and tips are available in this safety share, courtesy of Andrea Manning (BIS). Please print and use it to help kick off a team discussion at your next meeting with colleagues and/or staff.
Each month a safety share submitted by an individual will be selected to receive a Spot Award for demonstrated safety leadership. The Spot Award program offers three award levels: gold ($100), silver ($50) and bronze ($25).