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Ergonomie am Arbeitsplatz ist wichtig

Ergonomics are becoming increasingly important when choosing office equipment.

Our society is ageing. Therefore, the subject of ergonomics plays an ever more important role in designing workspaces. The numbers speak for themselves: Almost one in four sick notes issued in Germany are for skeletal or muscular conditions. The Federal Institute for Occupational Safety and Health estimates that such illnesses cause a production loss of around 8.5 billion euros a year. 34.3% of employees in administrative positions suffer from pain in the small of the back at least occasionally, 47.8% suffer from neck pain, and 33.3% suffer from headaches. So it is high time to put a stronger focus on ergonomics in the workplace!

Office workers should be able to interact optimally with their work tools, and also with their workspace. Workspaces must become healthier, more preventative and more personalised, in order to reduce the frequency of illness caused by work conditions, and at the same time to allow the employee to continue working in good health until they retire at 67. Therefore, ergonomics is becoming a factor for success in business.

Flexibility helps productivity

German businesses could increase their possible output by up to a third if they were to make full use of the potential to improve and adjust workplaces to fit ergonomic requirements. In many offices, the body must adapt to the conditions. It would make more sense and most importantly be a lot healthier if this were the other way around. Because fundamentally, humans have the natural impulse to move their bodies and spines. If we sit or stay in the same position for a long time, the body can become tired or strained. Even standing while working, which in theory seems to be a good idea, is not without its risks. Standing up straight can also cause damage over extended periods of time. Dynamic switching between sitting and standing is ideal. It is therefore important to set up the workspace as flexibly as possible, so that the office worker has a choice of different positions to work in. Frequent

position changes help the spine, improve circulation, and prevent monotony.

Ideal work conditions through ideal office equipment. Ergonomic solutions must be personal. The most important basis for this is the Ordinance on Visual Display Units. This stipulates that every employer must conduct a ‘risk assessment’ of the existing office conditions. The law is based on an EU directive, and doesn’t only dictate the conditions for monitors, keyboards, desks, and office chairs, but also for the office area: personal space, lighting, reflections and glare, noise, climate, light rays, and air humidity.

Workspaces must be personally and optimally arranged. In practice, this means that a professional office space plan should allow as much flexibility as possible. Ergonomic chairs and height-adjustable desks can support the body and offer variable sitting

positions. Regularly changing between sitting and standing relieves strain on the skeleton and the back. Even a wireless telephone can offer more room for movement. Monitors should be installed so that they can be used in every position and offer a sufficient distance between the eyes and the screen. The ideal distance to reduce eye fatigue with a 17-inch monitor would be 60-80 cm, for example. This can be achieved using a fully adjustable monitor stand, which can be moved to suit every sitting position. Moreover, there is a multitude of further possibilities to customise a workspace to suit the ergonomic needs of its occupant. A personal consultation can help with deciding which office equipment to purchase.

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