Ergonomics is the process of designing or arranging workplaces, products and systems so that they fit the people who use them. The science and practice of ergonomics aims to improve workspaces and environments to minimize risk of injury or harm. As technologies change, so too does the need to ensure that the tools we access for work, rest and play are designed for optimal safety.
Miami's Healthy Miami initiative allows us to offer sit-stand workstations to employees.
Integrating movement and physical activity into the work day is important for supporting employee health and well-being. By avoiding static workstation postures (i.e. sitting for more than 1 hour or standing for more than 4 hours) employees can lessen their risk for many chronic diseases. Sit-stand desks are one of the many ways to add movement and posture variety into an employee’s workday. While the research is fairly new in this area, below are recommendations to inform your decision to transition to a sit-stand workstation.
You should make your request for the sit-stand workstation to your supervisor. The funding is handled at the departmental level, and the decision to provide a sit-stand workstation is at the discretion of the department manager. The average price of a sit-stand desk is $550. Common vendors include Varidesk, Ergotron, StandDesk, and Workrite Ergo.
On the Mayo Clinic website you can review standing workstation safe set up and desk stretches slideshow. You may also get additional information from Miami's office of Environmental Health and Safety.
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