Monitors, Documents and Phones

  • As a general rule, it is best to distance at least an arm's length away from the screen and then adjust the distance for your vision. The monitor should be positioned directly in front of you with the top of the monitor just below eye level.
  • Reduce glare by careful positioning of the screen.
  • Place screen at right angles to windows
  • Adjust curtains or blinds as needed
  • Adjust the vertical screen angle and screen controls to minimize glare from overhead lights
  • Other techniques to reduce glare include use of optical glass glare filters, light filters, or secondary task lights
  • When using a document holder, place it between your keyboard and monitor.  This will minimize refocusing when your eyes go from one to the other. A vertical documents holder should be positioned next to the monitor for the same reason. If you spend the majority of your time reading from a paper copy, you may want to position your vertical holder directly in front and place your monitor to the side
  • Keep your phone within easy reach. If you use it while keying or writing, use a headset or a speakerphone to avoid awkward positioning of your neck. Using a wedge on the receiver is not considered acceptable, as it still requires the individual to raise the shoulder and bend the neck in an awkward posture.