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When you Can't Mount Keyboards Under the Desk

Also Provides Better Keyboard Ergonomics For Sight (Hunt & Peck) Typists
"It's OK, You are the Majority"

"In a Perfect World, all keyboarding would be done by touch typists, typing  100 WPM - and they could mount keyboards on articulating ergonomic keyboard trays under the desk, so that the keyboard is at or below the elbow height as OSHA and most ergonomists recommend."
For (touch typing) high speed, typing intensive users, Keynamics recommends that you follow OSHA's guidelines for keyboard placement.

* Please use a wrist rest when using the Keyboard Holder *      * Ergonomists Recommend a Headrest when reclining *

 

Keyboard Ergonomics Sight Typists Challenges

Moving the keyboard higher closes the gap between the keyboard and the screen.

Front to back keyboard angle allows easy viewing of the keys.

Furthermore, reclining brings the keyboard closer to the "line of sight" to the screen.  Reclining also supports the spine

The end result is that, only the user's eyes have to move up and down, to go between the keyboard and the screen.  Therefore, eliminating the constant up and down flexion of the neck.

Note: Moving the keyboard higher presents challenges to maintaining proper wrist postures.  Be sure all users realize that they must maintain wrists that are straight and "in-line" with the forearm.  This can be accomplished by adjusting the chair.

Keyboard Tray Proper wrist placement

Users must use a palm rest in conjunction with the keyboard on the Keynamics Keyboard Holder.

The palm rest should only be used for resting the hands in a flat neutral posture, in between bursts of typing activity.

Goldtouch Keyboard Tray

The Keynamics Keyboard Tray works well with any standard "flat and square" keyboard.

 

However, Keynamics recommends that the holder be used with the Goldtouch ® - Adjustable Angle Split Keyboard.  This is the ideal keyboard to use with the Keynamics Keyboard Tray.

-Reduces bending of the hands to the side (Ulnar Deviation)

-Eliminating the numeric keypad provides a more symmetrical design, promoting correct centering of the keyboard, directly in front of the user

-The tenting effect reduces forearm pronation (see home page)

-Keyboard angle allows sight typists to easily view the keyboard

-Ideal "footprint" for the keyboard platform

 

*Keynamics is a Goldtouch ® Keyboard reseller.
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2 Positions of the Keynamics Keyboard Holder

While using the "On Top" position, the keyboard holder can be wheeled around the desk.  This maximizes desk space and creates efficiency for reading and writing tasks.

Two user positions promote frequent changes in working position, as OSHA recommends.

Keyboard Holder On Top of the Desk

Keyboard Holder Cantilevered off the Edge

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It is estimated that the majority (48% to as high as 95%)* of computer workers are not touch typists.  Most folks (hunt & peck typists) must continually look at the keyboard to control finger placement and accuracy, then look back up again at the screen, causing neck flexion.

This constant up and down flexion of the neck can result in Discomfort & Muscoskeltal Disorders - not very ergonomic!

If you fall in this category, the "recommended ergonomic" typing positions might not apply to you.

Keyboard Ergonomics Sight Typists

The picture to the left demonstrates how an elevated keyboard can actually be more ergonomic than the recommended position of "below the elbows".

Note how the typist's eyes move to locate the keys, verses the neck.

The typist is using a patented Keynamics Keyboard Tray.

OSHA - Occupational Safety & Health Administration (Department of Labor)
Images Below are form the OSHA Website

OSHA is the authority when it comes to Workplace Safety, Health & Ergonomics.

OSHA has devoted an entire area to Computer Workstation & Keyboard Safety & Ergonomics.

Keyboard Ergonomics Upright Posture
Ergonomic Keyboard Upright Posture
ERgonomic Keyboard Recline Posture
Ergonomic Keyboard Recline Posture
*Sources: Tactus Keyboards, Nationmaster.com,  Xpert Keyboard
To understand the best way to set up a computer workstation, it is helpful to understand the concept of neutral body positioning. This is a comfortable working posture in which your joints are naturally aligned. Working with the body in a neutral position reduces stress and strain on the muscles, tendons, and skeletal system and reduces your risk of developing a musculoskeletal disorder (MSD). The following are important considerations when attempting to maintain neutral body postures while working at the computer workstation: Regardless of how good your working posture is, working in the same posture or sitting still for prolonged periods is not healthy. You should change your working position frequently throughout the day in the following ways:
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