What is Ergonomics
“The science of ergonomics considers the interaction between you and your workstation. We do this to ensure that this daily interaction between you and your workstation is comfortable and efficient.”
We believe in the importance of ergonomics in the workplace, that’s why we’ve partnered with Dale Kennedy who is a Certified Professional Ergonomist and CEO of Ergomax.
Certified Professional Ergonomist
I am South Africa’s first Certified Professional Ergonomist (CPE) and the CEO of Ergomax
Holdings (Pty) Ltd, the leading Ergonomics Consultancy in Africa. Over the past 17 years I’ve completed numerous ergonomics consultations throughout Southern Africa as well as extensive work in Southern African Mines and industry and am extensively involved in Ergonomics training and development.
I have developed the ergonomics risk calculators “Ergokinetic risk calculators” that quantify ergonomics risk in industry and also developed a specific “vehicle risk calculator” for the mining industry.
While on the committee with the compensation commissioner, I helped develop the guidelines for Work-Related Upper Limb Disorders (WRULDS). Further, I developed the Ergonomics component of the legislation and the tool used to assess the causal factors of the WRULDS disease and was involved in the technical committee for the Green Building Council, interior tool development.
Currently I am one of the three Ergonomics experts developing Ergonomics Regulations for the South African Department of Labour (DoL).
The Importance of Ergonomics
People often ignore ergonomics and are quick to dismiss it, until they personally experience a work related disorder and then try solve their pain or discomforts. Similar to a situation where one would dismiss the benefit of a safety belt in their car and wait for an accident and injury, and then go install the safety belt in a hope to fix the injury.
The Benefits of Ergonomics
Washington Department of Labor & Industry have shown the following benefits on average.
8.4 Months Average Payback
25% Average Increase in Productivity
67% Reduction in Waste/Errors Productivity
65% Average Reduction in Injury Rates
Ergonomically Certified Chairs
When sitting for long periods of time, your body gets tired and the muscles working to hold your spine in the correct position become weak. When this happens, we tend to lean forward to compensate for our tired lower back muscles.Therefore, leaning forward or slouching forward in your office chair is the natural tendency. Sitting down for long periods of time without the needed back support often leads to poor posture. This places stress on your spine’s soft tissues and joints.
Sitting in an office chair that doesn’t provide the needed support can cause and increase lower back pain, as well as an array of other health issues. That’s why choosing the right ergonomic office chairs is important.
Height Adjustable Desks / Sit-Stand Desks
Sitting too much is known to be bad for your health. Frequently sitting for extended periods of time has been linked to an increased risk of diabetes, weight gain, heart disease, and circulatory problems. This is a major concern considering most office workers spent most of their week sitting at a desk. Fortunately, sit-to-stand desks offer a solution.
Converting to a sit-to-stand desk can improve your overall health and well-being. It may take some time getting used to the change, but the advantage of a height adjustable feature is that you can slowly start increasing your time spent standing every work day until it is comfortable and natural. It also does not affect the ability to type or perform other office tasks.
Standing Desk Converters & Laptop Stands
Sitting for prolonged periods of time can have negative effects on your health. Standing desk converters are a great way to switch between sitting and standing during your workday. Not everyone can have a sit-stand desk, especially when you work in an office with desk clusters. Standing desk converters fill this need perfectly by allowing you the freedom to adjust the way you work.
Along with other healthy office accessories, having monitor arms has multiple benefits. These include saving space on your desk top and adjusting your monitor to the ideal height based on your sitting position. This helps alleviate neck, back and eye strain associated with improper monitor positioning.
Great! You have your basic office setup. Now make the most of your space by adding accessories that will help organization and efficiency. Sitting and standing health can be aided by certain accessories that help position the body better.