View Full Version : Laptop ergonomics
08-13-2004, 08:08 AM
If you stoop a laptop a lot, over the long term you are putting your neck at risk. Our health and safety team got me a nice folding stand and so on, the ES/FLEXKIT, available through:
08-16-2004, 10:41 AM
I have worked with displays, from paper tape in the '60s to LEDs in the '70s to CRTs in the '80s, then LCDs on laptops to the present time. I do not nor have I ever suffered from neck problems. Nor have I ever met anyone of my co-workers who has.
Can your experts cite any reliable evidence to support their claims?
Looking forward and downward at a 30 degree angle seems to be a natural posture, one we all practice walking, driving, eating, and reading.
08-20-2004, 12:57 AM
I assume that they have some evidence, (it's their job, not mine). But let's see what they have to say for themselves.
08-20-2004, 03:38 AM
For an interesting look at how some professions may be educated and how they may work, you'll enjoy reading Judy Jacobs' new book "Dark Age Ahead". Pay particular attention to the sections about University training for transportation engineers and then consider how the Centers for Disease Control analyzed a heat related disaster in Chicago recently.
Then relate that to the field of Ergonomics; I'd be interested in your conclusions.
This has been an interest of mine since the 1960s after reading Probst's book, "The Action Office". In it, he proposes stand-up desks for knowledge workers and his study eventually led to today's office cubicles. Time-and-motion efficiency was evident in his designs and 40 years haven't really shown much improvement. In fact, David Allen, when recommending that the filing cabinet be within a chair twirl of your work position, is just repeating the theme of Probst's Action Office. It's good advice, though Probst might have you seated on a castered swivel high stool instead of a knee level surface.
For Probst, as for Allen, getting things done with minimal effort and maximal effectiveness was the overriding objective.
10-21-2004, 07:11 PM
I put my laptops (my own at home, and the one at the office) on an empty 4" binder. Make sure the cover is stiff enough that it permits airflow directly underneath the laptop. There are usually little feet which keep the laptop off the top of the desk, so there is air circulation.
You might need to fasten the edges of the binder together (duct tape!) if the wedge the binder forms isn't sturdy enough.