Featured Article: Ergonomic Mouse
Ergonomic Mouse or the pointing device is now available in the market in different sizes, shapes, and configurations.
Apart from the conventional Ergonomic Mouse, other pointing devices include touch pads, trackballs, fingertip joysticks, and pucks. While designing a safe workstation, you should give great importance to selection and positioning of Ergonomic Mouse/Pointer.
Do keep in mind the following factors while evaluating your workstation.
Ergonomic Mouse Guidelines
Ergonomic Mouse Placement:
If the Ergonomic Mouse/Pointer is not placed near the keyboard, there are chances that your body will be exposed to awkward postures, contact stress, or forceful hand exertions while operating the device. If you continue to work in such postures for long hours, your shoulders and arms will be stressed out. For convenience you might sit with awkward wrist and shoulder postures that might lead to Ergonomic problems in the long run.
Ergonomic Mouse: Size, Shape, and Settings
If the size and shape of the pointers that you choose are unsuitable, it may force you to sit in awkward postures, thereby increasing stress and hence overexertion. Generally, pointing devices that are too big or too small make the fingers to apply more force and bend the wrist to awkward positions.
Also, if you operate a device designed for the right hand with your left hand, it leads to posture disorders that can create contact stress to the soft tissue areas in the palm of the hand. Contact stress leads to irritation and inflammation.