Ergonomics in the Workplace

What is ergonomics:
Ergonomics comes from the Greek words 'ergon' meaning work and 'nomos' meaning law, and is a scientific discipline that studies the interaction between humans and the environment. It is about designing the job and environment to fit the worker rather than finding the worker to fit the job and covers all aspects of a job, from the physical stresses it places on joints, muscles, nerves, tendons, bones and the like, to environmental factors which can effect hearing, vision, and general comfort and health.

Given the amount of time we spend in an office or office-like environment, ergonomics is important in order to prevent discomfort or repetitive strain injuries. Simple solutions such as changing your work habits can be corrected to help improve your experience in the workplace.

How to adjust your chair in relation to:
A simple diagram can be downloaded from our download section for to illustrate to you the below
1) Location from the desk: Forearms are parallel to the desk and shoulders are relaxed with elbows at 90°
2) Height: Feet should reach the floor comfortably. If they cannot do so, you should consider a footrest
4) Angle of backrest: 90°-100° to the floor while working
5) Screen: Eye-level and an arm's length away to avoid slouching forward

How to adjust your workspace:
1) Frequent used items (staplers, pens, telephone etc) should be placed close enough so you do not have to stretch to get them
2) Consider rearranging your desk to be centric around certain items like the mouse or telephone or writing area depending on how you work

Basic exercises:
A simple sheet can be downloaded from our download section for you to follow
Exercise is important so as to help reduce the pressure on your spine, muscles, joints and ligaments. You should get off you chair every 20mins and walk around, even if it just around your workstation!