Using a Tablet – Top Tips for Workplace Health

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In the workplace, more and more people are using devices such as tablets and iPads rather than other Display Screen Equipment (DSE) like laptops. And why not? They’re convenient and portable! 

While tablets offer convenience, it’s still important to know how to take care of your health when you’re using these miniature pieces of tech.

Use a tablet stand at your desk

The problem with a tablet is that the screen, keyboard and mouse are all located within the same device. If you sit on the sofa when working from home or use your tablet on your commute train ride, your neck and wrists will likely be in an awkward position.

It’s best to use a tablet stand when working from a desk. This will prop the device up and  hold it in the right place, reducing the risk of neck, shoulder, and wrist strain.

A tablet stand also offers you the opportunity to take regular breaks from looking at the screen.

Position your tablet at eye level

Using a tablet stand also enables you to make sure your device is at the ideal height. If you’re unsure how to position it, a DSE Assessment can help you determine the ideal height for your tablet stand. 

In general, the top of the screen should be level with your eyes. As with other display screen equipment (DSE), it’s also important to minimise any glare from windows or artificial light sources that can cause visual discomfort.

Use a separate mouse and keyboard

One of the most important elements of your tablet set-up is to use a separate mouse and keyboard. This will help to keep your wrists and hands in a neutral position, which reduces the risk of developing repetitive strain injuries.

Using a separate mouse and keyboard is also much more comfortable. If you’ve been used to using a laptop, you will likely notice the difference straight away when you make the switch! 

Workhappy can assess your working set up using an ergonomic workstation assessment.

Take frequent screen breaks

If you work at a desk, chances are you’ll be looking at a screen for several hours a day.

Prolonged exposure to DSE – including iPads and tablets – can lead to a range of health problems, including neck and back pain, but particularly headaches, and eye strain. Looking away from the screen every 20 minutes or so can help reduce these problems.

Taking regular breaks from your desk can also help you concentrate and be more productive. Get up and walk around at least once an hour, and take a few minutes to stretch your arms and legs. 

Try voice recognition software

Voice recognition software is for more than just skipping songs on Spotify. In the workplace, it can help you reduce fatigue from typing. 

Rather than using your touchscreen or keyboard to carry out tasks, you can relax your hands, forearms, and shoulders by simply using voice commands. Many tablets have features that allow you to write up emails, arrange meetings and even create documents just by simply using your voice.

In addition, you can use voice recognition as you move around – so why not have a stretch beside your desk? It’s the ultimate multi-tasking tool.

Ensure you’re using your tablet safely with a DSE assessment 

When you’re hard at work, it can be easy to overlook how you use your display screen equipment, but it’s important to pay attention and make sure you’re being safe. 

And if you’re an employer with a team of any size, it’s your responsibility to arrange workstation assessments for your staff. Whether they work in the office or remotely, if your employees use laptops, monitors, tablets, or other devices with screens for more than an hour a day, a DSE assessment is a legal requirement.

At Workhappy, we offer a range of workstation assessment options so you can find the best method of evaluation for your team. From in-person DSE assessments for office-based companies to online self-assessments if you have a large team of remote workers, we can make sure everyone is working safely and comfortably.

Our assessments are carried out by qualified professionals and include a full report with actionable advice. Why not get in touch with the Workhappy team today and arrange your DSE assessment?