This is the first in a series of articles/videos on mousing and input devices. The purpose is to illustrate the many different issues and approaches in order to start discussions on them. As with all things in ergonomics, there are many different components including desk heights, chair capabilities, type and size of devices, work being accomplished, anthropometrics (different sizes of people and their body parts) software used, ergonomics philosophies and other variables. Subsequent articles will dive into different types of mice and input devices.

Th situation can dictate the tool and how it is used. Some devices work well in some situations and not so well in others as well as for certain discomfort issues. Specific situations may require that a device be used in a different way.

Time and resources can be a stumbling block when working with a large number of employees so is it efficient and worth the time to teach all employees how to use a device from an ergonomics point of view? Or do non-symptomatic employees just ignore the training and do what they do? Then, when the employee begins to experience discomfort are they more apt to be open to training? There are a lot of questions and situations. What do you think?  Above is a short video clip on a few aspects of basic mousing to get you thinking.

Hank Austin, CSP, MS
Ergo Squad