“Hand Tools” are the mouse, keyboard, calculator and pen—the things we use with our hands.
- Locate the hand tools on the work surface after the chair and surfaces are set.
- Put the tools used most often, closest. Find the maximum forearm support to allow the arms to rest on the surface.
- The user should be able to sit taller, or “reset the spine” while using the mouse and keyboard.
- Locate the other “hand tools” like writing pad, calculator or PDA within easy reach.
- The secondary reach targets may be paper or an alternative device like a tablet or smart-phone.
- Writing tasks are needed at the dominant hand, and sufficient work surface depth should allow full forearm support.
- Tools that are used less frequently, like a calculator, peashooter or a slingshot, may be slightly beyond arms reach.
- It’s all about location, location, location that allows regular movement and supported postural correction.