The Desk

Your desk should be large enough to enable the screen and keyboard to be placed directly in front of you. The distance from front to back must allow at least 5cm between the front of the keyboard and desk edge. This is to enable you to rest your hands between keying tasks. You should be able to vary the position of the viewing distance of the screen.

Where the desk has built-in drawers, do not place your screen or keyboard above them or you will have to assume an unsuitable posture when keying. Make sure that you have enough leg room under the work surface - avoid storing materials beneath the desk. Older desks that have a drawer at the centre front are not suitable for users of display screen equipment.

Newer desks may have mobile pedestal drawer units. If you have one of these, place it in a position that does not obstruct free access to the part of the desk that houses the keyboard.

The surface of the desk should not cause disturbing reflection of overhead lights.

If you have a second work surface such as an 'L' shape, arrange the layout so that the area used for writing tasks is on the right if you are right-handed and on the left if you are left-handed.

Try and organise your work so that the desk is kept clear of unnecessary clutter and obstructions. If you identify a need for additional storage, discuss this with your manager.


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This information is derived from the Health & Safety Manual and Kit
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