Saturday, December 20, 2008

Plan before buying ergonomic furniture

Tips for selecting ergonomic furniture ...

"People generally believe that you have to spend a lot of money when buying ergonomic office furniture. This is not necessarily true. With a little effort and preparation, you can make a wise investment that will pay back significant dividends.

However, you cannot approach this project casually. The reason is ergonomics is not a product but a process. The key is to fit the product to the person and not the person to the product. This will reduce the potential for discomfort and injury while improving productivity. Let’s examine some criteria regarding the proper selection of office furniture and accessories.

Knowing the prospective users is critical. Individual characteristics can make a significant difference. Always consider:

• If the person right-handed or left-handed

• Body size

• Height

• Gender

Different office tasks require different equipment, accessories and layouts. Understanding the basics of the type of work performed is essential to clearly understanding what the workers need to maximize well-being and productivity. For example:

• Does the job require a lot of key stroking or very little?

• Is this combined with other desk work such as reading documents, taking notes, using a phone or filing?

• How much time is spent using a mouse or other input devices?

Important characteristics

When laying out a workspace, the following aspects should be considered:

• The amount of available space and office dimensions

• The current layout and arrangement of existing equipment

• Existing light sources – overhead lighting and task lamps"    (Continued via New Hampshire Business Review, Mike Kind)    [Ergonomics Resources]

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