Today celebrates the World Day for Safety and Health at Work. On the 28th of April every year the International Labour Organization (a United Nations Agency) raise awareness for workplace issues by promoting a safety and health culture worldwide in the hopes of reducing the number of work related injuries and deaths.
Since the turn of the century computer based work roles have continued to rise and now it is not uncommon for employees to be sitting (or standing) at a computer screen for a majority of their day. That is why it is more important than ever that those workers have the ability to adjust workstations to meet their individual ergonomic requirements.
The ILO have created an extensive checklist to help employers make sure they are meeting all necessary health and safety requirements. Checkpoint 60 explains the relevance of the adjustable computer workstations as well as correct posture. Some useful hints on optimising your workstations include:
“Train users on correct sitting posture at the workstation. Educate users on the use of various controls on the adjustable setting.”
“If a standing CPU is used, position it on the side of the table. Other items that are not required should be stored away (e.g. archive manuals, documents) to increase legroom.”
“Schedule rest periods to enable stretching and visual exercises such as looking back and forth on far and close objects.”
At ErgoMounts we offer a wide range of adjustable monitor and keyboard arms for use in medical, manufacturing, office and home environments. Most of these solutions can be adjusted to meet the ergonomic requirements of 95% of adults. Contact us today to discuss how our products could not only improve worker health but also increase productivity.
We hope you have a good World Day for Safety and Health at Work and if you would like to learn more visit the International Labour Organization Website for more information.