Study safely

Whether you study on the go with a laptop or at home, setting up your study space properly can reduce the risk of muscle strain or overuse injuries. Most of these injuries come from little things being performed incorrectly over a long period. Small changes such as adjusting the height of your chair or changing how you use your laptop can make a major difference.

Think about your:

  • Chair – when resting on the desktop your wrists should be at the same height or slightly below your elbows and your feet flat on the floor.
  • Monitor – the monitor needs to be directly in front of you and at eye level. It should also be at arm's length.
  • Desk – your desk should be high enough to ensure your legs fit underneath and be set up so you don't have to lean for frequently used items such as your mouse and pens.
  • Mouse – your mouse should be within easy reach of the side of your keyboard.
  • Keyboard – the keyboard should be straight on the desk and the B key in line with the centre of your body.
  • Laptops – are designed for use for short periods. See our safe use of a laptop tip sheet (PDF 46.9KB).

Take breaks and readjust

It is important to take regular breaks to avoid stiffening, blurred vision or headaches. You should stop work to stretch at least three to four times a day. Help your eyes relax by doing vision exercises every 30 minutes.

  • Rest Break Exercises (PDF 1.9MB)
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