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Workplace Design & Management April/ May 2016

Workplace Design & Management April/ May 2016 | Workplace Ergonomics | Scoop.it
This article was originally emailed as our monthly Workplace Design & Ergonomics newsletter at 11:00 on 21/04/2016. You can view older newsletters here and register to receive them monthly. MOTUS SIT-STAND DESK As the demand for sit-stand desks continues, we are proud to offer a product that provides two-stage height adjustment (625mm – 1245mm) and a four-memory…
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How much should I stand at work?

How much should I stand at work? | Workplace Ergonomics | Scoop.it
As the debate about too much sitting rages on, there are many misunderstandings. 'How much should I stand at work?' is a question we are asked frequently but, like ‘What is the best office chair?’, it is one of those ‘not really the right question’ questions. Thanks to the reach and diversity of the 'net, the…
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Thomas Ammar's curator insight, March 16, 2:17 AM
I'm particularly interested in the Ergonomics of Workplaces. Some jobs/tasks require standing for longer periods of time which to me doesn't necessarily mean 'get them to do it in a chair' I'd rather make it easier on their feet or joints by adjusting their work area. For example placing softer mats or correcting body posture, or even having a rotation or workers that can do multiple jobs so that this position isn't held for more than a certain time.
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Notice a pain in your back & neck? This could be your answer

Notice a pain in your back & neck? This could be your answer | Workplace Ergonomics | Scoop.it
Mobile phone and laptop usage causing back and neck issues,survey by BCA suggests poor posture is likely to be to blame.

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Ideas and musings about ergonomics, business & anything else that gets me thinking (by Guy Osmond)
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Study Reveals DXT Ergonomic Vertical Mouse Increases Accuracy and Comfort - DigitalJournal.com

Study Reveals DXT Ergonomic Vertical Mouse Increases Accuracy and Comfort DigitalJournal.com A new study from the manufacturers of the world's first vertical ambidextrous mouse, City Ergonomics revealed that 83% of participants showed increased...

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Audi improves ergonomics for assembly workers with 'chairless chair' - Autocar Professional

Audi improves ergonomics for assembly workers with 'chairless chair' - Autocar Professional | Workplace Ergonomics | Scoop.it
Employee health is top priority for most right-thinking companies. German carmaker Audi is, at its plant in Neckarsulm, testing a new technology that eases many assembly activities
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Thomas Ammar's curator insight, March 17, 2:23 AM
I completely agree with this whole article about the Ergonomics of a workplace! I'm always happy to see that companies are becoming more and more concerned about the health issues at the workplace. Audi isn't just any company either, so it just goes to show that no matter how much money your making you can always create a better work environment for your workers which is what I aim to help with in my future roles.
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11 Actions to Increase Employee Productivity

11 Actions to Increase Employee Productivity | Workplace Ergonomics | Scoop.it

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All 11 of these actions have a positive impact to mental and physical health of a worker which in turn increases productivity. Spreading ideas like these to companies is a goal of mine and is something id like to be heavily involved with when I'm working in this industry.
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Sit-Stand Desks: What's all the fuss about? And why now? (Part 1 of 2)

Sit-Stand Desks: What's all the fuss about? And why now? (Part 1 of 2) | Workplace Ergonomics | Scoop.it
(Part 2 of this blog is available here) Are sit-stand desks new? There is evidence of implementations dating back over a century, but height-adjustable sit-stand desks as we now know them have been...
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The "cure" for Static Sitting in the Office is NOT through Pseudo-ergonomic devices

The "cure" for Static Sitting in the Office is NOT through Pseudo-ergonomic devices | Workplace Ergonomics | Scoop.it
HI OPC client, thank you for your inquiry about these new pedaling devices.  You have been a perfect student of ergonomics and are aware of the many gimmicks in the marketplace. You are also aware ...
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How do I choose an office chair (for myself)?

How do I choose an office chair (for myself)? | Workplace Ergonomics | Scoop.it
When I see the question "what is the best office chair?" online, I just want to shout "wrong question" at my screen. Unfortunately, such rants are no help to anybody so this article a) raises a bet...
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What is the best office chair?

What is the best office chair? | Workplace Ergonomics | Scoop.it
I see this question crop up from time to time in blogs and LinkedIn postings. If you are thinking about ergonomics considerations, the first response is (as usual) "it depends". My next observation...
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Office space: What does the ideal workplace look like? - The Globe and Mail

Office space: What does the ideal workplace look like? - The Globe and Mail | Workplace Ergonomics | Scoop.it
Cubicles are isolating and soul-sucking. Open offices are noisy and distracting. Alex Bozikovic reports on a trend that both extroverts and introverts can get behind

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Jane Sleeth's curator insight, January 21, 2015 3:55 PM

What is the ideal office? We rarely see the ideal office in large measure because architects and interior designers don't use human factors and ergonomic knowledge when planning offices and determining furniture standards. Unless and until ergonomists are involved directly in the planning, "blueprint" and standards development phases, the ideal office will not be realized. Need to understand how ergonomics leads to human based design & accessibility? Contact us at 416 860-0002 or info@optimalperformance.ca 

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A perfect example in this @GlobeandMail article as to how #architects #Interiordesigners do not take the time or invest in the expertise of #ergonomists who are experts in the #humanfactor and design. #employee productivity suffers as a result. Contact us to learn how to use our expertise in tandem with #AandD Info@optimalperformance.ca
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Cultivating wellbeing in the built environment

Cultivating wellbeing in the built environment | Workplace Ergonomics | Scoop.it
Organizations are finding ways employees can escape to work, rather than from work. Their initiatives aim to connect wellbeing to the built environment.
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Sit-stand workstations in the UK

Sit-stand workstations in the UK | Workplace Ergonomics | Scoop.it
Recently, I was asked about what employers are doing with sit-stand workstations and this prompted an overview of how I see the UK market at the moment. Whilst subjective, I hope it provides some useful indicators. In the United States, there has been a strong move to 100% sit-stand in new installations. As a result, this has…
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An overview of the UK market, which includes useful markers.

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Jane Sleeth's curator insight, February 12, 3:30 PM

OPC Inc does not represent any lines of furniture or equipment. Therefore we are able to provide a more unbiased approach to the use of S2S. A thorough review of the literature finds:

Increased BP and cardiovascular loads when standing

Increased lower back pain with static standing

Increased loads on the joints of the lower extremities esp for overweight employees

After 6-12 months of implementation of S2S workstations less than 1 in 10 people still use them in a standing posture.

Conclusion - the Qualified ergonomist should review the individual request for S2S workstations & only after careful review of the underlying medical issues; the job demands are measured;, the NIOSH percentage of exposure is calculated and other solutions explored; then and only then should the S2S be considered as a solution.

If used this must be backed up by a formal and active ergonomic program so people use these properly PLUS they engage in regular DYNAMIC movement each and every day at work.

JESleeth OPC Inc 

Josh Fick OPC Inc.

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January | 2016 | Guy Osmond

January | 2016 | Guy Osmond | Workplace Ergonomics | Scoop.it
2 posts published by Guy Osmond during January 2016
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Need to learn more about ergonomics and evidence based practice of ergonomics and human factors design? Read Guy Osmond's posts.  OPC Inc. Designing to optimize human performance since 1991

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The quest for wellbeing has taken over from our search for productivity

For decades, humankind has sought to establish the link between office design and productivity.
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Office Ergonomics

Manual Handling Case Study Office Ergonomics On Screen Text: Officer worker carrying out tasks at a computer workstation Scene 1: Character sitting at an unt...

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Workplace ergonomics: Top ten tips for a comfortable workstation

Workplace ergonomics: Top ten tips for a comfortable workstation | Workplace Ergonomics | Scoop.it
The growth of homeworking is just one reason why employers should take workplace ergonomics seriously, and consider adjustments to employees' workstations.

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Time to get back a sense of proportion about sitting down - Workplace Insight

Time to get back a sense of proportion about sitting down  - Workplace Insight | Workplace Ergonomics | Scoop.it
The well of public discourse about office design is regularly fouled by the effluent of people who really should know better. Normally this is characterised by hyperbolic assertions about how flexible working will lead to The Death of the Office (it won’t)  or how the decision by Yahoo and others to go into partial reverse on(...)
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Sit-Stand Desks: What are my choices? (Part 2 of 2)

Sit-Stand Desks: What are my choices? (Part 2 of 2) | Workplace Ergonomics | Scoop.it
(Part 1 of this blog can be found here). Sit-stand or sit-sit, electronic, gas-lift or crank – what are the options? Height adjustment for true sit-stand desks is usually electronic. There are also...
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I Stand Corrected About the Best Kind of Desk

I Stand Corrected About the Best Kind of Desk | Workplace Ergonomics | Scoop.it
Many of my (male) colleagues have sit-stand desks. With the flip of a switch, the desktop elevates and they can work standing up; another flip and the desk moves back down to its usual position. I ...
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Office Ergonomics and Posture Correction

Office Ergonomics and Posture Correction | Workplace Ergonomics | Scoop.it
Back pain is one of the most common causes of lost time at work and one of the warning signals our bodies send when we’re on the brink of causing damage. Follow these simple ergonomic tips to protect your back and neck from damage at work.
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Workplace ergonomics and improving posture

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Office Chair Features & Benefits

Office Chair Features & Benefits | Workplace Ergonomics | Scoop.it
I have been thinking about the best way for an individual to choose the optimum office chair and it occurs to me that it would be a good idea to start with a list of the features and benefits that ...
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