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Promoting Safety and Comfort

Finding Your Comfort Zone

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Working in Comfort

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[Using a Notebook Computer] [Typing Style] [Pointing Style] [Using a Keyboard on a Sofa] [Taking Breaks and Varying Your Tasks] [Monitoring Your Health Habits and Exercise]

Using a Keyboard on a Sofa
Even if you use your keyboard in a seemingly comfortable place such as a sofa, bed, or your favorite lounge chair, you can still cause discomfort by sitting in an awkward position or in one position for long periods. Remember to frequently make changes to your position, within your comfort zone, and to take short breaks.

Aligning Forearms, Wrists, and Hands
When working on a keyboard on your lap, keep your forearms, wrists, and hands comfortably aligned with each other in a straight, neutral line. Avoid bending or angling your wrists. If your keyboard has palm rests, use them during pauses, not while typing or using a pointing device.

Experiment with positioning pillows under your forearms; they may help keep your shoulders relaxed and your wrists straight.

Even on a sofa
Remember to properly support your lower back.

* Avoid slouching.
* Be sure not to recline too much; this may fatigue your neck and upper back.
* Don't bend or angle your wrists.
* Avoid sitting completely still and working without breaks for long periods.

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