Ergonomics in the workplace

Ergonomics in the workplace


Ergonomics is no longer a foreign word in today’s world – and yet many people do not know what an ergonomic workstation means exactly. Here, we'll highlight the most important points for work ergonomics:

 




What does ergonomics mean?

Let’s start with the basics, namely the word’s origin and the definition of ergonomics: The word ergonomics is made up of the Greek words “ergon” (work) and “nomos” (law, rule). This can be loosely translated as “lawfulness of work”. This is understood to mean the adaptation of working conditions to people. The aim of an ergonomic workplace is to design the framework conditions in such a way that the least possible strain is placed on the worker. In addition, good ergonomics at the workplace should actually promote mental and physical health. This includes furniture, lighting conditions or technical equipment, but also work content or the working environment. Unfortunately, too many employers still offer the classic “one-size-fits-all” approach: One-size-fits-all furniture instead of individual and thus ergonomic equipment.




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ergonomic workplace



Ergonomic workplace

The principle of adapting working conditions to people is nothing new, but as old as mankind itself: For example, hunters and gatherers shaped bows and baskets according to their needs. The triumph of technology has created a multitude of highly specialized office and industrial workplaces. These are often not compatible with the natural needs of humans. Sitting for long periods of time, for example, encourages poor posture, which can lead to pain and chronic illnesses.

So how should the workplace be set up so that you can work ergonomically and therefore more healthily?

 



Ergonomic workplace design

Whether in the office at your desk, at a machine or at the checkout in a supermarket – an ergonomically designed workplace is characterised by the following features:

Lighting conditions

  • Sufficient daylight illumination
  • Indirect lighting, not directly on the desk or screen
  • Position the desk so that no shadows fall on the work equipment
  • Do not place the desk in front of a window

Climate

  • Adjustable temperature (approx. 20-22° Celsius)
  • Good humidity (between 40-60%)
  • Regular ventilation should be possible

Space

  • Sufficient space to work (in the best case, 10 m² per workplace)
  • Freedom of movement for arms and legs

Noise

  • Low noise level

Ergonomic desk

  • Height-adjustable desk for sitting and standing work
  • Work surface ideally 80 cm deep and 160 cm wide

Ergonomic chair

  • Seat height and width individually adjustable
  • Infinitely adjustable backrest
  • Optimum seat height: between 42 and 53 cm
  • Optimum seat width: between 40 and 48 cm

Ergonomic monitor

  • Sufficient screen size (at least 22" would be ideal)
  • Distance between worker and monitor is 50 to 70 cm
  • No reflections on the screen
  • Upper edge of the screen approximately at eye level

Ergonomic posture

  • When sitting, legs are bent at about 90 degrees, the soles of the feet rest completely on the floor.
  • Thighs are horizontal or even slightly sloping forward.
  • Arms are horizontal on the desk
  • Posture can be varied during work without bumping into objects.




Ergonomics in the home office

Since the Corona pandemic home offices have become part of everyday life for many employees. An ergonomic workstation in the home office also plays an important role. Employees are generally responsible for their own working environment and working hours in the “mobile working model” that is most commonly used. In addition to the spatial equipment, this includes a structured working day, observance of breaks, movement, avoidance of disturbances and the above-mentioned basic rules of ergonomics.

In the case of regular work in the home office, the employer must at least provide the appropriate technical equipment such as monitor, mouse and keyboard.

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Ergonomic equipment for the office and home office

Adjustable tables and chairs are undoubtedly of the greatest importance for an optimal office workplace. However, the computer periphery must not be forgotten. If the employee suffers from neck tension or has wrist pain despite having a height-adjustable desk, one should look for an ergonomic mouse and keyboard.





Ergonomic mouse

CHERRY has a number of ergonomic products in its range, including ergonomic PC mice that can be individually adjusted or are suitable for left- and right-handed users:


CHERRY MW 4500

CHERRY MW 4500 / CHERRY MW 4500 LEFT

The CHERRY MW 4500 and CHERRY MW 4500 LEFT are ergonomic wireless mice for wrist relief in a 45° design for right- or left-handed users.

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CHERRY MW 8 ERGO

CHERRY MW 8 ERGO / CHERRY MW 8C ERGO

Comfort and uncompromising quality for right-handed users with the CHERRY MW 8 ERGO or CHERRY MW 8C ERGO.

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CHERRY ROLLERMOUSE

CHERRY ROLLERMOUSE™

Work more comfortably, healthier and more efficiently with the CHERRY ROLLERMOUSE™* alternative mouse concept.

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CHERRY UNIMOUSE

CHERRY UNIMOUSE™

The CHERRY UNIMOUSE™* is a highly adjustable wireless mouse for personalized comfort.

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* ROLLERMOUSE™ and UNIMOUSE™ is a trademark of the Contour Design Group





Ergonomic keyboard

An ergonomic keyboard can also help prevent back pain and tension. In CHERRY’s product range you will find the following keyboard for better ergonomic work:


CHERRY KC 4500

CHERRY KC 4500 ERGO

Relaxed and comfortable throughout the working day with the CHERRY KC 4500 ERGO.

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