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Quality Denver Office Furniture: Building an Ergonomic Workstation

Written by: Rob GandleyPosted on: October 2, 2014

These days, you can't come across an office without a computer. As the nature of business is shifting toward paperless transactions, computers are becoming increasingly indispensible. This, however, means that risks such as eye strain and body pain are far greater than ever. 

A nine-to-five daily routine in front of a computer isn't exactly healthy as the resulting back ache may force workers to call in sick. A 2012 study by the Integrated Benefits Institute, a coalition of American employers, revealed that the economy suffered $576 billion in losses due to lost productivity that same years.

If computer workstations don’t become more conducive for working long hours anytime soon, the least employers can do is to mitigate their effects on employees’ health. Office managers can start with proper monitor placement. According to the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA), the ideal viewing distance is 20 to 40 inches away.

OSHA also recommends positioning computer monitors 15 to 20 degrees below eye level to maintain proper head posture. Placing monitors above eye level will force users to raise their heads, which strains their nape. As you should know, long hours in an uncomfortable position can be the start of chronic pain.

Flat monitors are highly recommended, especially for small work spaces. Thanks to LCD and LED technology, these monitors can display clearer images than the bulky CRT screens. 

To facilitate ergonomic orientation, Denver office furniture dealers such as Pear Workplace Solutions offer monitor arms. Haworth's line of monitor arms, in particular, can support up to 24 lbs. of weight, which is ideal for flat monitors that normally weigh around half as much. At this capacity, monitor arms can also be set up to support laptops, which can weigh as light as 3 lbs.

The arms can be retracted or extended at ranges between 4.60 and 21.75 inches. Multiple arms can be installed on a single support column to hold multiple monitors, which is ideal for multitasking activities. The holders are configured to VESA standards, which dictate that the hole patterns must be arranged in a square.

While improving office ergonomics is a continuous process, buying quality office furniture from Denver dealers is a step in the right direction. This is certainly a smaller price to pay than sick days caused by uncomfortable workstations.

(Source: Ergonomics experts target workplace pitfalls, design flaws, Prairie Business Magazine, September 24, 2014)