Workstation Setup To Support Your Body - Part 1

Wednesday, 18th March 2015

Workstation Setup To Support Your Body - Part 1

Ergonomics is the design of the working environment and its goal is to make the workplace more comfortable and improve both health and productivity.  But before you go out and purchase the latest ergonomic furniture know that most ergonomic issues in an office can be fixed through simple adjusting, rearranging or modifying your current furniture and tools.

To help show you how you can better support your body at work and improve your workplace health, Axiom Projects has engaged an Accredited Exercise Physiologist (AEP) to give us the best ergonomic tips and demonstrate how our workstations should be set up.

These suggestions & tips will be a part of a three part series over 3 weeks, including images to help you optimise your workstation setup to better support your body.

Chair & Desk Set Up

While we are aware that sitting for long periods of time can have negative health consequences for our body– for most of us it is unavoidable! Thus it is important to ensure our office chairs and desks are set up to provide optimal support.  It is also key to remember that regular breaks and standing for part of the day can help prevent aches and pains associated with sitting*.

Checklist for Chair & Desk:

     ·   Ensure you chair has a 5 star base / footing for stability

     ·    Ideally chairs should be adjustable for both height and tilt

     ·    Arm rests are not necessary, but if on your chair they should be low enough to
          ensure they do not prevent the chair from fitting comfortably under the desk 

     ·    If you do have arm rests they should be low enough to allow shoulders to relax and
          elbows to be 90 degrees (right angle) or greater.

     ·    Hips, knees and ankles should all be at right angles – if your ankles cannot be at
          right angles you may require a foot rest (this is one of the most common ergonomic
          issues/necessities)

     ·    Your chair should provide lumbar support and maintain the hollow in the lower of
          your back via adequate support.

     ·    Your back rest should be adjusted to between 95  & 110 degrees to the body is
          upright

     ·    Your chair should be at a height so that elbows clear the surface of the desk and are
          again at a 90 degree angle or greater

     ·    Desk height should allow adequate clearance for your legs, minimum depth
          550mm x minimum width 800mm

Keep your eye out for next week’s blog, blog 2 of our three part series discussing the correct set up for your computer monitor.