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What is Ergonomics and Why is it Important?

What does Ergonomics Mean and Why is it Important in Our Lives?

Ergonomics is the science of work and a person’s relationship to that work.

The process of designing or arranging workplaces, products and systems so that they fit the people who use them i.e. making tasks more comfortable and efficient for the user, when they are undertaking that work.

No two people will ever complete the same task in exactly the same way.

You may find in larger office situations, all staff are given the same chair, desk and computer; however, their working posture will vary as will their respective level of comfort and support. Where possible, these workers should be given the capability to personalise their working environment to suit how they individually carry-out their tasks.

Is the chair you sit in everyday set up to ensure it provides you the optimum level of comfort and support?

The Ergo Advantage Range includes some of the most comfortable ergonomic office chairs available. The standard chair has a 20mm Visco overlay on the seat which provides superior comfort, when considering 65% of your body weight is on your seat.

The best ergonomic office chairs for lower back pain include the chairs from the Posture Balance Range. The bExact Chairs have special comfort controls that allow the user to adjust the contours of the backrest to find the perfect fit. The extra support that is available from these chairs can do wonders for lower back pain.

Have you considered converting your existing desk with a sit-stand workstation to transform the workspace to be more active?

There are known health benefits to alternating between sitting and standing regularly throughout the workday. The habit of being seated for long time periods can result in a significant increase in the risk of acquiring disorders such as obesity, stroke, heart disease and diabetes.

The best electric sit-stand desk with a substantial 45kg weight capacity, and simple push-button control pad to adjust from sitting to standing is the Maxishift-E Electric Sit-To-Stand Desk which can be utilised by users of almost any height and is particularly well suited to tall people with its maximum worksurface height of 595mm.

Is the top of your monitor at eye level and at arm’s length distance?

In either a seated or standing position your eyes should be in line with the top of your monitor/s so that your eyes look slightly downward when viewing the middle of the screen. Having the monitor centered directly in front of you helps to avoid neck and shoulder pain from twisting and awkward posture. A monitor arm that swivels and adjusts in all directions is a good solution. The Eye-Right Monitor Arm gives you the ability to easily adjust the height, depth and orientation of your monitors and includes hardware to clamp or install through the desktop.

Are you referring to documents as you work?

An inline document holder such as the Microdesk is a great way to get rid of neck pain. The Microdesk always keeps you in line, which reduces neck strain and improves posture. It simply sits in between your monitor and your keyboard and you put your documents on it. Traditionally these documents would be off to either side or flat on the desk causing you to constantly look to the left, right or down to refer to them. These repetitive movements quickly add up and can lead to pain that you want to avoid.

Do you have your arms relaxed at your sides with your upper arm and lower arm forming a 90-degree angle when working with your keyboard and mouse?

Improper positioning and misuse of the keyboard and mouse result not only in injuries to both wrists and hands but can also cause back pain, neck pain, shoulder and forearm pain.

By utilising a compact or mini keyboard you can bring the mouse in closer to a more central neutral position, meaning that the shoulder movements are simple and fluid. A compact or mini keyboard are predominantly the same as a regular keyboard, but without the numeric keypad, such as the S-Board 840 Slim Compact Portable Keyboard and Evoluent Compact Keyboard.

A rollermouse will also ensure good posture and alleviates shoulder pain as it sits directly behind your keyboard space bar keeping you in a central position and encourages the use of both left and right hand on the mouse. The Rollermouse RED, Forearm Support and Contour Balance Keyboard Combo combines 3 products to put your hands in the perfect typing position while sitting or standing with great comfortable support.

Ergonomics aims to improve workspaces and environments to minimise the risk of injury or harm. Introducing ergonomics in the workplace facilitates safe improvements in quality, productivity, usability and profitability of products, processes and services.

Our experts can help guide you to the best solution for your workspace. You can also visit our showroom between 9-5 Monday to Friday to test and compare the various ergonomic equipment solutions.

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