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Every office has a range of commonly used work tools that challenge even the best office ergonomic checklist.

Notebooks and the need to write and refer to notes is one such challenge.

A Problem Causing Pain

Notebooks are commonly placed to the side or behind the mouse. This
causes the operator to twist, lean and often
overreach repetitively, leading to neck, upper back and shoulder pain.

Repetitive movements are a significant risk in the development of pain and soft tissue injuries. The risk of injury is accentuated when also holding awkward postures.  

Three Simple Changes

Try these simple changes to the placement of notebooks to
help alleviate pain and reduce the risk
of injury.

  • Place landscape paper or notebooks in front of your
    keyboard
    • Make sure the pad is not too thick or has a
      binding that will create blood or nerve restricting pressure points
  • Where possible, use a short keyboard
    • To help prevent
      overreaching and shoulder pain, your keyboard
      and mouse should fit inside the width of your shoulders
  • Practice using your mouse on the left
    • We naturally lean towards the side we use the
      mouse. This leads to back pain and aching
      shoulders. Working with the mouse on the
      left helps you maintain a relaxed neutral work posture. Using your left hand
      will also reduce aches or stiffness in
      your right hand cased from overuse.

Discover More

To learn more about all the simple no-cost changes that will
significantly increase your comfort and
productivity, click here to see the Beyond Ergo Small
Changes Project page.

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Bonus Tip

If you or your team need to write down any customer details,
these become auditable documents. This
means notes need to be stored and destroyed safely.  

For more information from the Australian Government Law Reform
Commission on data security, follow this
link – https://bit.ly/2H6NTeq  

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