The Dos and Don'ts of Ergonomic Office Design

12/03/19< Back to news index

Ergonomics is the study of how to adapt a workplace to reduce the probability of causing injury or illness to the workers.

Investing in an ergonomically-designed office has been proven to both improve productivity and increase profits. Over 31 million working days were lost in the UK in 2016-2017 due to work-related health problems and 8.9 million of these were cases of musculo-skeletal problems. Physically fit workers are happier, so they are also in better mental condition. This makes staff more productive in any job, and significantly reduces absences.

The main types of workplace injuries include repetitive stress (RSI), repetitive motion (RMI), and musculo-skeletal disorders (MSD). In the office, the main causes are awkward posture, sitting in the same position and repeating the same motions for a long time.

A hazard is anything that can cause harm; risk is the chance that any hazard will actually do so. We can't remove all possible hazards from a workplace but there are many ways to reduce risk. This is why ergonomic office design is so important.

Some simple dos and don'ts for ergonomic office design:



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