Medical office furniture that poorly supports the bodies of your employees and patients can cause repetitive movement injuries and backaches. An ergonomically designed office can alleviate these job-related injuries.
“Your staff’s overall health will be better and they’ll be a lot happier working there,” says Mollie Everett, senior healthcare program manager of Herman Miller Healthcare, a Zeeland, MI-based firm which designs furniture and systems for offices.
Designing a Task-Friendly Workstation
Task-intensive work, such as work performed by a receptionist or someone who is managing medical records, requires a good chair that can be adjusted to support anyone.
Some measurable symptoms of poor ergonomic design in your workstations include back problems and carpal tunnel issues as a result of a poorly adjusted height at a workstation, as well as headaches if computer screens are too far away or too close to your staff.
Cynthia Roth, CEO of Ergonomic Technologies Corporation, a Syosset, NY-firm which provides ergonomics consulting services, also suggests installing non-glare producing lighting; monitors that have no glare and are easily read by all staff; and non-slip floors.
“Office workstations layouts should have the most frequently used items closest to person to eliminate reaching,” she adds. [Read more…]