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Ergonomics: Set Up an Ergonomic Computer Workstation

Learn how to set up an ergonomically correct computer workstation.


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1. Take the Computer Ergonomics eCourse.

This is the first and most important step.

This eCourse simultaneously evaluates your computer workstation and teaches you basic ergonomic principles.

Based on your answers, a Personal Ergonomic Recommendation Report will be generated for you at the end of the course. It is your ergonomic evaluation report and describes how to adjust your workstation.

Implement the recommendations, including workplace adjustments, obtaining additional equipment, and behavioral changes. 

2. Explore product availability.

  • Look for adjustable features on desks, chairs, keyboard trays, and other workstation equipment.
  • Read these Purchasing pages before you buy furniture:
  • Select ergonomic equipment that best meets your needs and budget.

Need money for Marketplace ergo purchases?

Find out how to qualify and apply for funding assistance from Environment, Health & Safety to purchase ergonomically-designed products from Marketplace.

3. Learn how to adjust and use your equipment.

Be involved and available during assembly, installation, and adjustment of your workstation equipment. Make sure you know how to adjust and use your equipment before the installer leaves.

  • Work with the installer to be sure your workstation is adjusted to your physical needs:
    • Desk: Make correct height adjustments.
    • Keyboard tray: Ensure proper location and adjustability.
    • Chair: Consult the chair user guide and adjust applicable features (seat pan, armrests, lumbar support, etc.).

Need a refresher on how to set up your workstation?

4. Stretch.

Additional assistance with setting up a computer workstation

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Notice: Ergonomics information, training, and services are intended exclusively for UC San Diego employees and affiliates.