The use of two monitors at the computer workstation has recently gained in popularity. The advantages of using two monitors include increased computer desktop space, the opportunity to organise and segregate work, and increased productivity. The proper ergonomic set-up of the monitors is important to prevent pain and discomfort.
Positioning Dual Monitors
The use of dual monitors can allow employees to better organise and segregate their work in order to increase productivity levels. For example, on one monitor, an employee may leave their work email inbox open to quickly respond to incoming messages while the other monitor can be open to a budget spreadsheet they need to finish by the end of the day. The proper ergonomic set-up of this dual-monitor workstation can free up space on office desks while also avoiding the pain and discomfort that is often common with long days sitting in front of the computer.
An ergonomic desk setup for a dual-monitor workstation should take into account the following considerations:
Proper Ergonomic Monitor Height
It is important that both of the monitors are the same size (for example, both 17-inch monitors) and placed at exactly the same height. This will help workers avoid unnecessary and uncomfortable neck movement and eye strain. Both monitors should ideally be placed 2 to 3 inches above eye level. If the employee uses bi- or trifocal lenses, it is important that the screen is lower so the user does not have to lift her/his head or eyes to see the screen.
Correct Angling of the Monitors
If both monitors are used the same amount of time, they should be placed next to each other with the meeting point directly in front of the user. Angle them in a slight V position. If one of the monitors is used more than the other, place this monitor directly in front of the user, with the second monitor placed to the side at about a 30 degree angle to the primary monitor.
Lastly, both of the monitors should be about an arm’s length away from the user to avoid problems associated with the glare of the screens. Using blue-screen filters on both of the monitors can further help to reduce vision-related problems that come with long amounts of time spent in front of screens.
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