Among the leading causes of workplace injuries are musculature disorders, which affect the muscles, tendons and nerves. According to OSHA, injuries can happen from working repetitively in uncomfortable or awkward positions.
With the right furnishings, those injuries are less likely to happen and workers will have more a comfortable and enjoyable experience.
Principles of Ergonomics
The foundation of the body is the spine, and the natural shape of the spine is a slight S curve. Whether sitting or standing, maintaining the natural shape of the spine helps reduce stress.
Office environments have many opportunities for workers to strain the spine into an unnatural shape. Hunching at a computer desk all day can force the spine into a C, and can strain the neck muscles, as well. The arms and wrists are also at risk. With ergonomic office furniture, the spine, neck muscles, and the arms and wrists maintain a more natural position, reducing stress and work fatigue.
Chairs, storage systems, desks, and entire cubicles can work in concert to help maintain proper posture and reduce undue strain and fatigue. The most beautiful office might not be the healthiest if style is the only consideration. But with the right design principles, you can have a beautiful space that’s comfortable, too.
Creating an Ergonomically Correct Work Space
Reducing unnatural positions and movement are the basis of all ergonomic design. Ergonomics consultant, Dan McLeod, recommends keeping frequently used items inside a “reach envelope.” This means the worker can reach everything he or she uses often within a full arm’s reach, but without stretching. Items used very frequently should be no more than a forearm’s reach away.
Chair and office desk height are other issues. If a chair is too high, too much pressure is placed on the back of the knees. Too low, and the worker’s reach is affected. Desk height should be approximately at the worker’s elbow to prevent uncomfortable extending of the wrists and arms.
Further, what’s ergonomically correct for one person might not be correct for another. One person’s reach might be substantially more or less than another’s. And the same applies to the necessary chair and desk height. Cubiture helps create flexible spaces that can adapt to each worker’s needs.
When employees have a comfortable space to do their jobs, there’s less stress, less fatigue and a happier workplace. There are also fewer work-related injuries.
Cubiture.com doesn’t just sell ergonomic office furniture; we help you design and create an efficient, comfortable and beautiful space. With creative, attractive and organized work stations, your office can look as good as your workers feel.