Workstation Design

Did you know- Office workers who were most likely to report pain associated with musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) were not necessarily the ones who spent the most time using a computer, but the workers who felt their workstation design was poor. The reality is that the standard 29"-30" high desk is designed for someone 6'1"-6'3" tall.

A standard office desk should not be selected as a computer workstation. Adjustable height workstations are considered the best alternative; however, other solutions can be implemented to accommodate the individual. These solutions vary based on the employee's physical characteristics but can be easily implemented by an ergonomic solutions specialist at a very low investment that can deliver significant returns.

Frequent postural change is the key to avoiding MSDs, so an electric adjustable height desk gives you the greatest ability to vary your posture in the workplace. Postural shifts that include standing, leaning, and proper sitting gives your body the positional variability it needs to keep blood flowing to your muscles, which minimizes fatigue. Standing upright also burns more calories, engages fat burning enzymes and keeps "good cholesterol" levels up.

If you can't stand at work, an ergonomic chair, monitor arm and keyboard tray work in concert with one another to provide the safest ergonomic posture for comfortable and productive seated computer work.

It is important to realize that for most jobs, vision, our ability to see our work, dictates the majority of our body mechanics and postures that we adopt in the workspace. Inability to see well will typically result in adopting postures that are potentially injurious if maintained over a period of time. As an example, consider a computer-based job: Straining to see our computer monitor(s) (which are typically mounted on the rear of our desk) can result in craning of the neck, sitting on the front edge of our chairs and the forward hunching of our shoulders. Compound this with our keyboards sitting on top of our "too tall" desk and we have a recipe for a myriad of potential MSDs.

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Summit can assist you with the proper design of your workspace, either thru a referral of a local ergonomic expert or with our workspace assessment division. If you would like to discuss either of these options, please contact us.

Summit Ergonomics
150 Dow Street, Tower Four | Manchester, New Hampshire 03101 | Phone 603-629-9995 | Fax 603-629-9996

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