5 things to look for when buying an ergonomic desk
Costs associated with health and safety problems are an ever-increasing concern to all industries. Occupational musculoskeletal disorders caused by poor working postures not only cause physical strain to employees, but also burden companies through sick leave, incapacity for work, and decreased productivity. This concern drives industries to seek solutions to provide a healthy, safe and productive working environment. Designing a workplace with ergonomics in mind improves the employees’ wellbeing, which in turn improves productivity.
One key element to a well-functioning workspace is an ergonomic, height adjustable desk. Here is a list of five key factors to consider when selecting and buying an ergonomic desk.
- Height adjustment method
Hand crank, if the height of the workbench is adjusted only once or twice a day, for example during a shift change.
Electric height adjustment, if the height of the workbench is adjusted several times a day, e.g. several workers working on the same bench, or work requires different working postures (sitting, standing, semi-sitting).
- Consider safety
Make sure the desk has a sturdy and stabile structure and it can withstand loads common to your workplace. If you have accessories, e.g shelves or bin rails & bins, above the work surface, make sure the structure of the frame withstands loads above the work surface without tipping over.
- Is sufficient range of accessories available?
Accessories on arms, such as auxiliary shelves, LCD screen and keyboard holders, document holders, equipment trays and such are vital in reducing unnecessary reaching and in ensuring proper ergonomics.
- Worktop size
The primary work zone where you usually work is rather small. The image below shows the primary, secondary and tertiary work zones. Consider these working zones and the size of the work piece, when selecting the appropriate size for your worktop size.
- Easy and effortless usability
No matter what the tasks are and whether there is only one or several workers using the workbench, make sure there desk is easy to operate. Height adjustment should be effortless and quick and adjusting the accessories to the operator should not require tools or force.
The modular design of Treston workbenches enables proper ergonomics. With a wide range of accessories, we provide customers with a customized solution using standard components. Modularity and accessories are individually adjustable according to the task and operator requirements. Treston workstations and accessories are adjustable for operators of different heights working with left or right hand. Correctly adjusted workstations decrease stress in the muscles and enable productive work throughout the shift.