Did you know that more than 50% of all workplace injuries are tied to musculoskeletal problems? These repetitive motion injuries can occur when workers are improperly positioned or uncomfortable while working. Musculoskeletal problems can occur in workers in all industries, from the assembly line to the office.
Improving the ergonomics in the workplace is important in preventing musculoskeletal problems, or MSDs, because both employees and employers want to create a safe and comfortable workplace. There are many high quality ergonomic products on the market for just about every job.
An ergonomically friendly workplace has adequate lighting that isn’t too bright, and offers options for a variety of working postures, both standing and sitting. And an ergonomically friendly workplace should definitely encourage workers to take short breaks to stretch or walk around every half hour or so.
There are many kinds of keyboards and mice that are ergonomically designed for optimum hand, wrist, and arm positioning. Chairs and desks should be the proper height for the workers who use them, and telephones should have available headsets. Other ergonomically friendly items may include anti-fatigue floor mats in areas where workers may stand for long periods of time, tools that help improve grip or lifting ability, or even back belts for those who need to lift heavy objects.
But high quality ergonomic products don’t have to break the bank. Here are a few of the most popular options.
Computer Monitor Stands
When your computer monitor is positioned improperly, you can end up with neck and shoulder pain from craning your neck or turning your head to see the monitor while you’re working. Computer monitor stands can help you position your monitor directly in front of you, with the center of the screen at about eye height. You can also use computer monitor stands to raise the monitor to a height appropriate for standing desks.
By now, it’s probably fairly common knowledge that sitting all day while you work isn’t healthy. One way you can increase movement is by using a standing desk while you work. Standing desks have a surface that’s higher than an ordinary desk, because they’re designed to be used while you’re standing up, of course. Many standing desks have multiple height options that can work for people who are short or tall. Some adjustable height computer work stations even have electric motors that can adjust the height up and down so they work for anyone.
Standing Desk Conversions
For those who can’t buy an entire new desk, another option to create an adjustable height computer work station is a standing desk conversion. These consist of a platform that serves as a computer monitor stand and typically also hold the keyboard. They sit on top of an existing work surface and can be adjusted so the height is appropriate for sitting or standing.
Active seating refers to stools or chairs that let you move around while you’re sitting. This can include wobbly stools, balance balls, and a variety of other seating options that help you work your core muscles while you’re sitting. Active seating can help improve posture and boost your energy levels during the day by preventing slouching.