Office ergonomics almost always focus on ensuring the limbs, neck and torso are maintained in a comfortable and supported position.. but what about your EYES? This part of the body is often woefully neglected when it comes to creating a healthy office environment but Workplace Eye Awareness Month, which runs throughout March, attempts to rectify this situation.
Computers, mobile phones and TV equipment are standard pieces of kit for almost everyone, whatever kind of work they are involved in. We all use these items in our free time as well, meaning that people today are spending many, many hours with their sensitive and complex eyes glued to a screen. Extended periods of screen-time can lead to:
- General pain and discomfort
- A feeling that the eyes are ‘tired’
- Eyestrain from focusing on small text, leading to permanent sight damage
- General fatigue and a reduction in the sense of wellbeing
- Headaches, particularly in those who suffer from migraine attacks
- Visible symptoms such as parched or red eyes
The Importance of Blinking
The reason that we blink is to moisturise and lubricate the eye and this usually happens between 12 and 14 times every minute. As we focus our eyes on a computer screen or other kind of digital display has been shown to reduce this rate by anywhere from 33% to 50%, causing the eyes to become dried out, sore and painful.
Here are some tips to avoid eyestrain in the workplace:
- Keep your Distance – Stay at least an arm’s length away from the screen. Close-up focusing is more demanding on the eyes and increasing the size of the type on the display while keeping your distance is preferable to being close to small type
- Beware of Glare – make sure the display settings are appropriate so this issue is minimised. Good task lighting and increased contrast can help
- Rest & Relax – just the same as your wrists can be damaged by carpal tunnel syndrome from typing too much, your eyes can be damaged in a similar way. Stick to a 20/20/20 rule – take a break each 20 minutes and, during this, stare at an object 20ft away for 20 seconds
- Let there be Light – choosing correct lighting for your unique premises is essential and you should seek expert help on the range of products available. DBI stock a broad selection of quality task lighting and our dedicated space planning team can provide the most competent advice
Workplace Eye Awareness Month is the perfect time to start considering your visual health and that of your employees. Start your journey with our selection of Task Lighting!
The height-adjustable desk is thankfully becoming a more common sight in the modern office environment as the problems caused by extended periods of sitting at a computer become more obvious and understood. We supply an eclectic range of sit/stand desks, as they are commonly known, and here we offer some tips for ensuring their optimum performance.
Recent research that revealed the many health problems caused by sitting down for too long, particularly with little other movements, caused an instant call for people to stand more. This increased focus has ironically led to some people now standing up for too long – a practice that has its own accompanying health risks such as increased risk of varicose veins and atherosclerosis. As with many things in life, balance is the key.
Users of sit/stand desks should adjust their posture approximately every 30-45 minutes and in not less than one hour. Avoid extended periods of standing or sitting. What is the best posture? The next posture
Ensure that the desk is adjusted correctly. People have a tendency to set the desk too high, forcing a posture of elevated shoulders and increasing fatigue levels and injury risk. A safe working level is at or just below the height of the elbows at 90 degrees when the shoulders are relaxed and the upper arms resting by the sides
Sit back completely, allowing your chair to support you. If you have one, position your computer keyboard to around 2” above the lap and keep the elbows close to the body as you work
If budget permits, choosing a sit/stand desk with electrical adjustment is preferable to avoid cranking by hand
Be proactive – don’t wait for discomfort or pain to strike before optimising your workstation setup. Get it right first time and avoid stress later on
Please enjoy browsing our select range of sit/stand desks. For more tips on optimal usage, call our technical team now or chat to us online.
Long periods of physical inactivity can lead to an increased risk of serious illness and even premature death, warns the report, before suggesting that standing desks should be used in conjunction with more traditional seated arrangements.
Several health experts conducted the research that backs up the report, which was commissioned by Public Health England in partnership with Active Working CIC. This latter organisation is an actively-campaigning group of people whose slogan and aim is to ‘Get Britain Standing’. The authors of the report calculated that the average UK resident spends around 60% of their waking time in a seated position, rising to a worrying 75% of office workers.
Popularity of sit stand desking is increasing as office furniture designers respond to the growing need for alternatives.
This is the ultimate solution, allowing its user to work comfortably from a sitting or standing position as they wish. Clamping quickly, easily and securely to any standard fixed-height work surface, the versatile QuickStand can be used for either new or existing workstations. Expertly-engineered cable management systems combine innovative function with a clean aesthetic, creating one of Humanscale’s most impressive pieces of office furniture so far.
A compact, convenient height-adjustable table that features a unique and extremely reliable counterbalance mechanism, Float is designed to make everything easier, safer and more comfortable for the user. With one hand, you can easily adjust the height to what best suits your own ergonomics before enjoying the desk and its distinct lack of obstructive, uncomfortable crossbeam.
We introduced this brand new range from market-leading Senator Group in a news article back in January. By flawlessly incorporating several disparate elements into a single sit/stand desking unit, the Chemistry collection is described as a ‘future proof solution’ to modern office design challenges. The ‘one-size-fits-all’ approach to office furniture design is thrown out of the window by Senator, who choose instead to focus on making office ergonomics a personal, individual matter.
Whatever kind of office space you want to create, DBI Furniture Solutions are with you all the way. We are an independent company and so have the freedom and buying power to work with all of the major modern office furniture manufacturers to deliver the perfect bespoke combination of components. Call us today to find out more about how sit stand desks can positively change the way employees work while improving their long-term health.
Modern design can no longer treat carefully-implemented office ergonomics as an option. Awareness of the many health implications suffered by people as a result of their jobs continues to rise and those companies who fail to provide adequate ergonomic care for their employees lose out in a number of ways.
Here we look at three ways in which optimised office ergonomics can improve the health of both your employees and your business.
Health & Wellbeing
Numerous studies have all shown the same thing – sitting down for too long is bad for you, particularly when the chair you’re sitting on is poorly-designed for the individual.
Back and neck pain are among the most frequent health problems reported by office employees, with stress and depression naturally following.
Contemporary office furniture is designed to minimise the health risks of working in an office by personalising the experience for each user.
Adjustable flexibility is key and this ethos extends across everything from desking and chairs to dedicated task lighting. Every employee should have access to the best office furniture possible and many items have an extremely reasonable price tag attached so you don’t have to break the bank to improve the health and morale of your employees for good.
Productivity & Reputation
As employee comfort increases, productivity goes up right along with it.
This is true only up to a certain point – make the office too comfortable and you might send everyone to sleep!
Chairs should be firm and supportive, creating good posture and reducing exertion by restricting motions and extending reach.
Height-adjustable sit/stand desks are the perfect complement to ergonomic office chairs and further enhance productivity.
Happy employees are more optimistic, directly affecting the planning and execution of their work. As work improves, so too does the reputation of your company.
Legality and Liability
Employers have the responsibility to provide a safe working environment for their employees and an extensive amount of older office furniture is really no longer fit for purpose.
As knowledge of the health problems directly caused by poor office ergonomics increases, we could very soon see the amount of employer liability cases sharply rise.
Contact our team now and we will guide you step-by-step through our range of modern office furniture and supply you with details of our unique, highly-successful bespoke space planning service.
If you want to stay as healthy as possible – then stand up. This is the advice being given to office workers, drivers and other employees who spend extended periods of time sitting down at work which, according to recent research, significantly increases the risk of developing diabetes and cancer.
The study was carried out by Kansas State University and, led by Professor Richard Rosenkranz, looked into the sitting habits of more than 63,000 men aged between 45 and 65 in New South Wales, Australia. Though only men were studied in this particular research, the findings are also likely to apply to women.
Comparing men who remained seated for less than four hours, four to six hours, six to eight hours and over eight hours, the study looked into related health problems. Findings included:
Those who sat for in excess of four hours a day were ‘significantly more likely’ to report having one of a number of chronic conditions such as high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes or cancer
The chance of such a condition being reported increased as participants indicated a higher amount of time spent sitting
Results were consistent across factors including age, height, weight and level of physical activity
Professor Rosenkranz said: “We saw a steady stair-step increase in risk of chronic diseases the more participants sat.. the group sitting more than eight hours clearly had the highest risk.” He then warned that: “A lot of office jobs that require long periods of sitting may be hazardous to your health because of inactivity and the low levels of energy expenditure.”
This study adds to the large body of research that shows how sitting for extended periods can have dramatic negative effects on human health and wellbeing. Other studies have shown that:
Compared to someone who watches no television, someone who watches six hours a day can cut their lifespan by five years
People who sit for long periods have higher cholesterol and blood sugar along with a corresponding larger waist size
Less than 50% of adults meet the physical activity recommendations of the World Health Organisation
Stand-up desks, a select range which will soon be available from our website, offer an ideal solution to the health problems caused by extended periods of sitting inactive. To find out more about this essential enhancement to office ergonomics, contact us now for exclusive information.