Creating an ergonomic office often leads to significant savings for management, as well as increased productivity. OSHA lists numerous examples of the benefits companies have gained by adopting ergonomic workspaces. In just one example cited, an insurance company experienced a 70 percent decrease in lost work days and an 89 percent drop in workers’ compensation costs after installing new equipment and providing ergonomic training to its staff.
Companies hoping to create an ergonomic workspace should keep the following tips in mind:
1. Start with the right equipment. It is nearly impossible to achieve an ergonomically friendly environment with the wrong equipment. The investment in new furniture will pay off handsomely down the road.
2. Ergonomics encompasses more than just computers. Beyond an employee’s desk and computer, other factors play a significant role in creating an ergonomic office. These include noise levels, lighting, temperature, and humidity. Lighting should contain a mixture of incandescent and fluorescent lights. In an office where most workers are sedentary, the temperature should be set between 68 and 74 degrees, and humidity at 40 to 60 percent.
About AFC Industries:
An innovator in the field of medical and technical furniture, AFC Industries has provided high-quality workstations, designed for comfort, safety, and functionality, for more than 17 years.