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    You have been requested to perform an ergonomic review of the workstations for all Executive Assistants in the company. Research what is needed in an environmental review in an office setting and identify the major factors to consider when performing an ergonomic review of the Executive Assistant workstations. Identify 5 conditions you would check in or around the Assistant's workstation, what recommendations you would make, and what you would hope to prevent by your recommendations. For example- by providing a wrist rest with each computer mouse, you would hope to lessen the incidence of carpal tunnel cases.

    # Understand job design and ergonomics in order to create optimal working conditions.
    # Use effective communication techniques.

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    1. You have been requested to perform an ergonomic review of the workstations for all Executive Assistants in the company. Research what is needed in an environmental review in an office setting and identify the major factors to consider when performing an ergonomic review of the Executive Assistant workstations. Identify 5 conditions you would check in or around the Assistant's workstation, what recommendations you would make, and what you would hope to prevent by your recommendations. For example- by providing a wrist rest with each computer mouse, you would hope to lessen the incidence of carpal tunnel cases.

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    When performing an ergonomic review of the workstations for all Executive Assistants in the company, you would review the work environmental in the office setting and check in or around the Assistant's workstation. For example, you would check certain conditions around the Assistant's workstation associated with work positions that promote healthy postures. Is the workstation designed/arranged so that when performing computer tasks it allows head and neck to be upright or in-line with the torso (not bent down/back). To determine this you would check various aspects of the work station, such as lighting, monitors, chairs and work surfaces.

    In the office setting, you would check the monitors, chairs, work surfaces, keyboards mouses, and input devices. For example, choosing a suitable monitor and placing it in an appropriate position helps reduce exposure to forceful exertions, awkward postures, and overhead glare. This helps prevent possible health effects such as excessive fatigue, eye strain, and neck and back pain. You should consider the following issues to help improve your computer workstation: (a) Viewing Distance (b) Viewing Angle-Height and Side-to-Side (c) Viewing Time (d) Viewing Clarity. In other words, to avoid excessive fatigue, eye strain and neck and back pain you would recommend:

    * Put monitor directly in front of you and at least 20 inches away.
    * Place monitor so top line of screen is at or below eye level.
    * Place monitor perpendicular to window. (1)

    See http://www.osha.gov/SLTC/etools/computerworkstations/components_monitors.html for more discussion about monitors.

    Check the chairs. A chair that is well-designed and appropriately adjusted is an essential element of a safe and productive computer workstation. A good chair provides ...

    Solution Summary

    In reference to an ergonomic review of the workstation in an office setting, this solution discusses 5 conditions to check in or around the Assistant's workstation, as well as makes recommendations and then discusses the conditions these recommendations would hopefully prevent e.g. by providing a wrist rest with each computer mouse, it might lessen the incidence of carpal tunnel cases. Supplemented with a helpful office checklist for doing an ergonomic review. References are provided.

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