Finding the best fit for you
Please note: If you have a medical restriction or your doctor has requested an ergonomic assessment or accommodation please proceed immediately to Step 2.
Step 1: Complete a Do-It-Yourself evaluation
Fill out the following checklist and make adjustments based on your answers: Computer Workstation Do-It-Yourself checklist.
If you had questions that the checklists did not answer, persisting pain, or if you have specific questions regarding your workstation please go to Step 2 and Request an Ergonomic Evaluation.
Step 2: Request an ergonomic evaluation
Click the button to request an ergonomic evaluation. The evaluator may ask for any applicable assessment checklists upon time of evaluation.
For more information, view the King County Ergonomic Policy for COVID-19 related mandatory telecommute orders.
Working from home
It can be challenging to maintain good ergonomic practices when working away from the office. Below are some tips to help employees when setting up a laptop for frequent use.
- Maintain a neutral neck position by placing the top of the screen at about eye level or slightly lower if using bifocal glasses.
- Use a laptop stand or place your laptop on a stable support surface, such as monitor risers, reams of paper or books so that the screen height can be adjusted.
- Attach a regular size, external keyboard and mouse to the laptop, and place them on an adjustable keyboard tray or desk. The keyboard and mouse should be positioned at or slightly below elbow height.
- Use a docking station whenever possible to more closely resemble a standard desktop workstation where input devices can be attached.
- Take frequent stretch breaks every 30 to 45 minutes. Visit the University of North Carolina's Workplace Safety Office Ergonomics website to view additional rest and exercise ideas.
- If your chair needs lumbar support, use a pillow or rolled up towel.
Here a laptop is used as a monitor, raised on reams of paper. An external keyboard and mouse are attached at a height allowing the user to type with shoulders relaxed, elbows at sides, and forearms parallel to the floor.
Image courtesy of UC Davis website
Contact Safety and Health Professional Dan Nwaelele at Dan.Nwaelele@kingcounty.gov with any questions, and he will provide remote assistance for an ergonomic evaluation.