Ergonomics for Multiple Monitors
Today we’re taking a look at a recently submitted question regarding properly adjusting a workstation with two large monitors:
I have a question and need some advice. I have a customer who has two large 30 inch screens sitting directly in front of her. She says she is having pain using them, but needs both of them to work on reports.
Do you have any advice on how best to position them so she is not cranking her neck back and forth. The only thing I have suggested is to set them back a bit (instead of an arms length away). Thoughts?
Read what Back School Director, Ron Porter, had to say below.
There are a few ways to decrease the movement of your client’s head when looking at the two large 30 inch screens.
As you have mentioned, you need to move her head further away from the two screens. An arm’s length which is about 20”-24” is not enough distance for two 30” screens. Increasing the distance between the eyes and screens can be accomplished by moving the screens further back on her work surface or moving her further away from the front edge of the work surface.
Placing the screens on monitor arms would make the repositioning easy and could give her more desk space. Another way to increase the distance between the eyes and screens is to install a keyboard tray that will move her further away from her work station when doing data entry. We also have given dual monitor users one large screen so they can split the screen for two images (on the one screen) instead of using two screens.
When increasing the distance from head to screen(s) you may also need to increase the size of the font. This is usually identified if you ask the client l to read out loud information from each screen and they lean in toward the screen to see the information.
Hope this helps!
Have you had any experience performing assessments on clients with multiple monitors? Let us know in the comments below.