Create a Healthy and Comfortable Workspace with Ergonomics

ergonomicsIt’s a fact: when we feel safe and are comfortable, we’re able to think more clearly and perform tasks more efficiently. Sadly, however, numerous workers in offices, industrial facilities, healthcare settings, and even business travelers working on the go, still suffer from bad posture and pain caused by poorly designed workplaces and products.

The Solution: Ergonomics

The good news is that these painful, costly injuries are preventable in most cases with simple, ergonomic solutions. 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

Ergonomic Products are Mutually Supportive

It is important to note that ergonomic products best support a person’s health and comfort when integrated with other ergonomic tools and accessories. Thus, if any one of the key ergonomic components is missing or not used properly, the benefits of the others will likely be compromised.

You may have the latest standing desk or the best ergonomic chair available, but you may not be maximizing the benefits. For example, your keyboard might rest high on top of your desk, or your monitor may not be at your ideal viewing height, so you have to hunch forward to reach for the keyboard or strain your eyes to see the monitor. This essentially cancels out any benefits from standing work or the support of your ergonomic chair.

Learn more about ergonomic solutions from AliMed here.

 

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2 Tips for Healthy Sitting

92743d38-0134-45e1-8d20-1de1c76df1eaIf your work requires you sitting for long periods, even though you might have an ergonomically designed chair, there are some easy ways to make it through the day without aches and pains associated with prolonged sitting.

1) Make an effort to keep your hips, elbows, and knees at slightly open angles (greater than 90 degrees). Sitting upright or forward may be okay for brief periods, but actually increases the strain on the lower back and isn’t recommended for prolonged periods of time.

2) Remember to keep your thighs parallel with the floor, recline slightly, move around to avoid pressure points, and keep your feet flat on either a footrest or the floor.

Learn more about ergonomic seating options and which is best for you here

 

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Which Ergonomic Seating Option is Best?

The health benefits of standing throughout the workday are evident, but the fact remains, seated work is inevitable and even essential for many tasks. Because of this and with respect to the high costs of computer work-related aches and pains, selecting adjustable, ergonomic seating has never been more important. Ergonomic seating encourages proper posture and is an essential part of a healthy workplace.

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Selecting the Right Chair

With so many seating options available today, selecting the appropriate ergonomic chair for the worker and the budget can be a daunting task. When purchasing ergonomic seating, be sure to look for these important features:

  • Easily adjustable arm supports
  • Adjustable seat height and depth
  • Adjustable back and lumbar support (dynamic or manual)

To help sort through the mix and ensure that workers are comfortable with optimal ergonomic support for the tasks they perform, consider these types of seating:

 Executive Seating 
The luxurious look and feel of these chairs is complemented by their ergonomic design and maximum adjustability. See product.

 Office Seating
Standard office seating is designed to provide maximum support and a wide range of ergonomic adjustability to workers of various shapes and sizes. See product.

 Heavy-Duty Seating  
Because one size does not fit all, heavy-duty seating includes chairs for big & tall or extra wide users. Designed for overall durability and maximum support and comfort of workers of various sizes, and in a 24/7 workplace. See product.

 Specialty Seating
Some workplaces require unique seating options such as stools with safety brakes and chairs with additional adjustability for high counters, while supporting maximum ergonomic posture. Specialty seating also includes ball chairs, saddle seat stools, and kneeling chairs. See product.

 Industrial Seating 
When sturdy design, ease of movement, and maximum adjustability are required, industrial seating delivers the ideal ergonomic fit.
 See product.

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Ergo Deal of the Week: Anti-Fatigue Matting

marble mattingThe Issue: Standing and walking on hard floors without matting means long, painful shifts for those workers who need to stand for many hours. The result, of course, is reduced productivity and possible injury.

The Solution: Anti-fatigue mats and matting give staff a more comfortable work environment – less stress on their backs; and less achy feet. Anti-fatigue matting not only supports your feet, legs and back but also supports a healthy environment.

A healthier, more ergonomic workplace is that easy.

Click here for this week’s special pricing deal!

 

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Special Pricing: VersaTech™ Monitor Arms

versatechVersaTech™ Monitor Arms deliver the best in monitor arm versatility with maximum tilt, swing, and rotation. Easily adjust your monitor to that perfect height and distance with spring-assisted adjustment.

Designed for use in any workspace, these monitor arms mount to desks, tables, or countertops and hold most flat-panel displays up to 21″.

Benefits of VersaTech™ Monitor Arms

  • Enable displays to tilt 180°, swing 180° side to side, and rotate 360°
  • Spring-assisted height adjustment option
  • Easy to achieve ergonomically correct positions
  • HURRY! Special pricing ends 3-31-14

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Six Ergonomic Essentials for Any Workplace

By Dan Cannon MSc

mattingWhen it comes to ergonomics, we often talk about challenges pertaining to workers in traditional office settings. However, staff in manufacturing facilities and healthcare settings, for example, deal with many of the same issues and challenges found in these workplaces. Multi-tasking while combining periods of physical work with periods of computer work is often the norm for these workers. Fortunately, ergonomics can play an invaluable role in keeping them healthy and productive at work.

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Start with These Six Ergonomic Essentials

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. As a start, ergonomists recommend equipping your industrial and healthcare staff with the following ergonomic solutions:

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

 Height Adjustable Desks and Workstations
Accommodates staff of all heights and allows for seated work option too

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

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

 Task Lighting 
Accurately reading reports and other paper documents requires 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.

Learn more about these and all other industrial and healthcare ergonomic solutions here

 

 

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Winter Savings on Ergonomics and More!

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It’s Sit and Stand, not either-or

couple-at-computerBy Dan Cannon, MSc

To sit or to stand? This simple question represents one of the hottest topics in ergonomics today and centers on whether it’s best for employees to stand or to sit while doing extended periods of desk and computer work. The buzz is tangible – even the news media have published numerous reports pitting standing and sitting against each other, some suggesting the risks of prolonged sitting are right up there with those of smoking. That may be taking it a bit too far.

Here’s What We Know 

Much published data shows prolonged sitting is associated with obesity, higher incidence of heart disease, diabetes, deep venous thrombosis, and lower back aches and pains. However, that doesn’t necessarily mean we should all toss our ergonomic chairs in favor of a standing workstation. We also know that standing for extended periods comes with its own adverse consequences: work-related musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) in the lower body, joint and foot problems, and increased stress to the heart and circulatory system. In short, prolonged standing isn’t a sustainable alternative to prolonged sitting.

So, What’s an Office Worker to do? 

The first step is to recognize this is not a sitting versus standing issue, and the best way to minimize the adverse health consequences associated with too much of either is to use a combination of both while at work.

Indeed, ergonomists have long suggested that we should move frequently throughout our workday, and, specifically, that we avoid extended periods of seated deskwork. In the article, Which is Better, Sitting or Standing? Ergonomist Blake McGowan of Humantech said the key is to vary periods of sitting with periods of standing throughout the day, and that workstations should be designed for active movement, regardless of whether the worker is sitting or standing.

The Sit-to-Stand Solution

Sit-to-stand workstations are now considered a key component of an ergonomic workplace, and a growing body of data affirms that their use plays a measurable role in keeping employees healthy and productive. The good news for employers is that there are height-adjustable workstations and sit/stand desks available for all budgets.

Learn more about Sitting & Standing solutions here

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How Clean is your Desk?

Fact is, we spend a great deal of time on our computers, at home and at the office. Whether we work on a multi-user or personal keyboard, flu germs and damaging microbes can grow and reproduce right under your fingertips. Many products we use can harbor germs and viruses that transmit illness from one person to another. One recent study found that the average computer workstation had 400 times more bacteria than the average toilet seat!

Well, the good news is that even at work there are some things we can do to reduce our chances of exposure to those nasty flu and virus germs. It begins with antimicrobial protection right at your fingers.

92743d38-0134-45e1-8d20-1de1c76df1eaBye Bye Germs!

Indeed. During the manufacturing process, antimicrobial agents are injected directly into the molten plastic that forms the keyboardmouse, or mouse pad. These built-in antimicrobial agents are literally self-cleaning, and inhibit the uncontrolled growth of microbes that can cause stains and odors, product deterioration, or transmit illness for the life of the product. Additional protection is available in antimicrobial disinfectant spray form and also in hand-sanitizing gels.

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2013 Ergo Expo Recap

Ergo Expo 700Last week’s National Ergonomics Conference and Exposition − the 2013 ErgoExpo − was a huge success for AliMed, one of the event’s main sponsors, and the 1100+ attendees that benefited from the event’s outstanding sessions and ergonomic product showcases.

Expo Highlights

As the leading provider of the latest office, industrial, and health care ergonomic solutions, AliMed showcased its line of new and innovative products for this year’s record number of Ergo Expo attendees, which included ergonomics and safety leaders from Kaiser Permanente, Boeing, Eli Lilly, Pratt & Whitney, and PG & E.

Sessions & Presentations

In addition to the innovative products presented by AliMed and other exhibitors, the 2013 Ergo Expo offered educational sessions on topics on health & safety, return on ergonomic investment, the aging workforce, office, industrial, lab, and healthcare ergonomics, the 24/7 workplace, and other uncontrolled environments including energy, utility, and maintenance work. As always, Ergo Expo sessions were led by top experts in the field and addressed the salient, timely information needed by today’s ergonomics professional.

All in all, this year’s Ergo Expo was a huge success and we’re already looking forward to next year!

 

 

 

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