Ergo Essentials: Proper Office Lighting

For decades, office lighting schemes were designed around the belief that more light would lead to better visual performance—the brighter, the better—and to a more productive workforce. Turns out the only measurable results from an over-lit workplace are increased energy costs and a variety of ergonomic and human factors issues—including eyestrain and headaches which ultimately have a negative impact on worker productivity. This condition is known as Computer Vision Syndrome (CVS)—something OSHA says affects up to 90 percent of office workers.

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Key issues faced by today’s architects, designers, facilities managers, and ergonomists include supporting the unique lighting requirements of different tasks and facilitating the varying lighting needs of different-aged workers.

The good news is that advances in technology and workspace design are changing the rules and practice of office lighting, and today there are smarter solutions available for lighting a healthier, more comfortable, and more productive workplace. In fact, one study from the Lighting Research Center (LRC) at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Lighting Quality and Office Work, highlights the relationship between office lighting and worker productivity, suggesting that appropriate task visibility is the aspect of lighting that directly affects performance.

78332_d_280x280The Solution? Task-Specific Lighting

Ergonomists tell us that it is best to view computer monitors in dim settings–less ambient light is needed overhead because the monitors emit light.

However, tasks such as reading paper documents require more task-specific lighting that allows for clear viewing without the glare and reflection caused by overlit ambient lighting schemes.

Which Task Light is Right For You?

With so many types of task lights available today, it can be a challenge to know what to look for when making a purchase.

The first feature to look for in a task light is to ensure that it casts the appropriate amount of glare-free light on a work surface. Second, look for lights that are easy to reposition for varied desktop tasks. Third, keep in mind that compact fluorescents and LED lights with electronic ballasts provide a “cool” light source and cost-savings due to their reduced energy usage. Cool lighting is best used for visual tasks, such as reading a document, because it produces higher contrast.

Learn more and see our task lighting solutions here!

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Are you ready for Ergo Expo 2014?

The 2014 Ergo Expo – the largest ergonomics event in the nation – will be held next month at Caesars Palace, Las Vegas. Ergo Expo kicks off with conferences and the opening night reception Tuesday December 2rd, and then the expo, which runs Wednesday December 3rd through Thursday afternoon December 4th.

Come See AliMed at booth #211

AliMed, a leading sponsor of the Ergo Expo, will be at booth #211 to showcase all the latest ergonomic products, including office and industrial solutions, healthcare ergonomic products, and tools for the aging population. Plus, if you’re feeling some Vegas luck, we’ll be giving away a new iPad mini and much more!

Hope to see you in Vegas!

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Ergonomics = Safety in Any Workplace

Supportive, easy-to-use ergonomic products and accessories play an essential role in supporting the overall health and safety of workers in any workplace and provide the following benefits:

▪   Improved comfort

▪   Increased productivity

▪   Improved morale

▪   Reduced costs associated with injury and downtime

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Everyone Wins with Good Ergonomics

National Ergonomics Month, Week 4 theme: Worker safety in any workplace

Supporting a productive, injury-free staff in any facility means equipping them with ergonomic tools that are adjustable and designed to accommodate the wide range of body sizes and shapes. Regardless of the workplace, ergonomists recommend equipping your facility or office with the following ergonomic solutions:

 Stools and Seating Durability, support, mobility, and maximum adjustability are required to accommodate staff of varying heights and weight.

 Sit/Stand Workcenters Accommodates staff of all heights and allows for seated work option too.

 Monitor Arms/Monitor Risers Allows for easy adjustability for each worker, helping to reduce eye and neck strain.

 Ergonomic Mouse Ergonomically designed computer mice and input devices help prevent fatigue from overuse and combat carpal tunnel syndrome by keeping hands and wrists in a natural position and arms relaxed.

 Keyboards & Keyboard Support Systems Ergonomic keyboard/keyboard trays adjustable to the correct height for each worker helps keep wrists straight and elbows open slightly beyond 90 degrees, whether sitting or standing.

 Task lighting Accurately reading reports and other paper documents require optimum task-specific light without the glare and reflection caused by overhead lighting schemes.

 Anti-fatigue Matting Reduces standing fatigue, improves productivity, and helps prevent slips and falls.

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The Importance of an Ergonomic Mouse

Tip of the week: Work safely with an ergonomic mouse/computer input device

Ergonomically designed computer mice and input devices help prevent fatigue from overuse and combat carpal tunnel syndrome by keeping hands and wrists in a natural position and arms relaxed.

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Keep Up the Good Posture!

Tip of the week: Keep your body well positioned for a more comfortable, productive workday

Aches, pains, and injuries resulting from poor posture and discomfort are costly yet preventable in most cases with simple, ergonomic solutions. These injuries often present only minimal symptoms at first but gradually worsen and may even become debilitating. The goal of ergonomics is to prevent these injuries from ever occurring.

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Did you know? October is National Ergonomics Month!

October 2014 is National Ergonomics Month (NEM), and we’re celebrating!

The Human Factors and Ergonomics Society, as a way to highlight the benefits of ergonomics to corporate executives, students, and the general public, established NEM in 2003. So, here at AliMed, we are celebrating NEM 2014 with great weekly deals on ergonomic products, and new, informative resources that will showcase the benefits of creating a healthy, ergonomic workspace.

Learn more here!

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National Ergonomics Month pre-sale!

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3 Important Trends in Ergonomics

Whether you are just beginning your ergonomic program, or you efforts are needing to be refreshed and reinforced, consider the following trends happening in ergonomics today, and how you may integrate them into efforts to improve ergonomic conditions in the workplace:

1. Sit-to-Stand Workstations

With regard to the popular business motto, “make something people want,” manufacturers of sit-to-stand desks are experiencing a booming consumer demand for these products unlike any other to-date in the field of ergonomics. And for good reason too: workers are generally happier and healthier when they vary periods of seated work with standing work throughout the day.

2. Accommodating the Aging Worker

It’s no secret that the average age among workers is increasing and will continue to do so in the coming years. Because of this, forward-thinking organizations are ramping up ergonomic solutions such as anti-fatigue matting, improved task-specific lighting, noise reduction, and greater overall adjustability of desks and workstations and accessories. Obviously, good design benefits all workers, regardless of age.

3. Proactive Ergonomic Initiatives

A profound shift is taking effect with ergonomics program management: away from reacting to MSDs, to preventing them from ever occurring in the first place. Naturally this is not fool proof—there will always be an element of human error-however this new approach to ergonomic workplace design integrates every possible measure to prevent common MSDs from ever occurring.

After all, the best way to show the value of investing in ergonomics is to show the dramatic cost reductions associated with eliminating worker injury.

For more on these ergonomic solutions, please visit www.alimed.com/ergonomics

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The Value of Ergonomics to an Organization

Digital-Healthcare-150x150In the context of workplace health and safety initiatives, ergonomics remains a priority issue being addressed by employers today.

The primary reason is that poor ergonomic conditions result in a higher incidence of costly musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs). Yet, despite several decades of increased attention given to occupational ergonomics and improving ergonomic conditions, MSD injury rates remain high in industrial sectors. In fact, in Humantech’s 2012 benchmark study, Elements of Effective Ergonomics Program Management, some participating companies attributed up to 75% of worker injuries to poor ergonomic conditions.

Beyond the direct costs of MSDs, these often-preventable injuries also translate to reduced productivity, poor morale among employees, and higher worker turnover.

This highlights the importance of addressing poor ergonomics in the workplace by taking a comprehensive, strategic approach to the reduction, and prevention of MSDs.

The good news is that there are proven strategies and ergonomic resources available for organizations serious about improving ergonomic conditions.

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