Adjusting Your Workstation to Maximise Comfort and Support 

Your workstation is your home away from home, or a space within your home, for several hours of the day. That’s why it is imperative to ensure that it’s set up in a way that is comfortable and supportive. By taking the time to adjust your workstation, you can help to prevent pain and discomfort, and you can improve your productivity at the same time.

Tips for adjusting your workstation to maximise comfort and support: 

  • Start with the chair. Your chair is the foundation of your workstation, so it’s important to make sure that it’s comfortable and supportive. The chair should have a backrest / lumbar support which supports your lower back, and it should have adjustable armrests so that you can rest your arms comfortably. 

  • Adjust the height of your desk. The height of your desk should be set so that your elbows are bent at a 90-degree angle when you are typing. If your desk is too high or too low, you will be putting strain on your wrists and shoulders. 

  • Position your monitor correctly. Your monitor should be positioned so that the top of the screen is at eye level. If your monitor is too high or too low, you may be straining your neck. You may also want to consider using a monitor stand to raise your monitor to the correct height. 

  • Take breaks. It’s important to take breaks throughout the day to avoid pain and discomfort. Get up and move around every 20-30 minutes and take a longer break every hour or two.

In addition to the above tips, there are other things you can do to improve the comfort and support of your workstation. You can add a footrest if your feet don’t touch the floor when you are sitting in your chair. You can also consider using a keyboard tray to keep your keyboard and mouse at a comfortable height. You can use a wrist rest to support your wrists while you’re typing. 

Additional tips for adjusting your workstation to maximise comfort and support: 

  • Use a comfortable keyboard and mouse. If your keyboard or mouse is uncomfortable to use, you will be more likely to develop pain and discomfort. Choose a keyboard and mouse that fits your hand size and has a comfortable design. 

  • Organise your workspace. A cluttered workspace can be a major source of stress. Take some time to organise your workspace so that everything is within easy reach. This will help you to stay productive and avoid distractions. 

  • Maintain a relaxing environment. Make sure that your workstation is in a quiet and well-lit area.  


The iProtectU health and safety software provides: 

  • An inspection and Audit App which allows for safety inspection of the workplace and associated report 

  • eLearning on Display Screen Equipment (DSE) 

  • Scheduling functionality for managers to send eLearning, risk assessments and documents out to all staff via the software with tracks completion and compliance 

  • DSE Assessment template 

  • Management system to document control the policy on DSE 

  • Method Statement module for the creation of work activity working instructions 

  • Legal register that provides legislation guidance on DSE 

  • Incident investigation module that tracks incidents involving workstation equipment both with an app and via desktop 

  • Hazard observation app where staff can report and record any concerns regarding their workstation to the organisation 

  • Asset management App ensuring assets are recorded in the software 


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