Standing work, tips to improve ergonomics and well-being
The advantages of incorporating movement and standing work in daily work routines are countless. Improves the harmful effects of sedentary lifestyle, reducing stress. And the risk of suffering from serious illnesses and increasing life expectancy, as they burn more calories and improve heart rate and back pain.
It also improves mood, humor and productivity, since standing increases attention and encourages you to complete the task you are working on, with fewer distractions. In fact, it reduces absenteeism – back pain is one of the main causes of low – and encourages the motivation of workers.
That is why lifting tables are a trend increasingly implemented in work spaces. Tables that can modify their height to adapt to the needs of movement of the user and that allow distributing the working day in periods of sitting time and periods of standing time, depending on the specific needs of each task and each user.
The options are varied, and they exist from monitored tables that integrate technology and design to others that do not require electrification and whose elevation is carried out by means of a gas piston system -like the new Talent model. , which also allows to stack and fold. Even, tables that strictly comply with the most demanding international regulations and that allow being elevated for each job, such as Mobility.
There are many professions whose work is done standing, as is the case of employees, waiters, stewards, promoters and commercial. Although standing is a natural position of the human being, it is important to pay attention to our postural hygiene when it comes to improving health at work. Therefore, it is important to take care of the way of doing some activities taking into account the curvature of the back and the alignment of the structure of our body.
Promoter in ergonomic position
At Weser we want to provide you with some basic recommendations on occupational risk prevention that will help you to adopt more comfortable and ergonomic postures during the working day.
Our work is developed within one of those professions that are performed standing up. The main suggestions are not to stand for long periods of time and change positions regularly, as the benefits of movement multiply if we expand the variety of positions. The number of muscles and joints involved increases, which helps improve blood supply by equalizing the distribution of loads between different parts of the body.
In addition, to reduce fatigue, it is advisable that you change the support foot frequently and that you find the balance posture that best suits you when you remain at rest. To do this, you must place the feet at shoulder height, squaring the latter and stretching the head back and up with restraint.
The use of appropriate footwear and not too tight garments will also favor our ergonomics; and therefore, our daily well-being. Also, this good work can be reinforced with exercises that allow us to stretch the muscles. The use of the bicycle can help us to tone up the musculature, as well as the practice of yoga.
The custom of standing is not new. The Literature Nobel Ernest Hemingway worked standing on a shelf on which he installed his typewriter. Also the president of the United States, Thomas Jefferson, and the Austrian emperor Franz Joseph of Austria work standing at his desk, but the list is long and includes Leonardo, Benjamin Franklin, Charles Dickens, Lewis Carroll, Virginia Woolf and Vladimir Nabokov.
Here are some tips to take advantage of the full potential of this flexible and more active way of working:
- Integrates the routine of working standing up little by little.
- Start the day working on your feet and, before going home, leave the desk elevated for the next day.
- Stand up during phone calls. Take advantage to move
- He works standing up after lunchtime. Avoid fatigue and drowsiness
- Listen to your body. If you get tired and notice discomfort, sit down.
- If you notice that you get distracted easily or you feel numb from sitting, stand up and react.
- Do not spend more than two hours in the same place, beyond sporadic walks to stretch your legs.
- Wear comfortable clothes and shoes.
- You can use a stool for support and music during the periods you are standing to be more comfortable and feel more active.
Recommendations to perform standing works
Plant work, quality laboratories, metalworking workshops, etc. require operations that require standing for long periods of time; but this condition can wreak havoc on the body and health, since staying static on foot causes the veins in the legs to become congested, which facilitates the development of symptomatic varicose veins.
In addition, the prolonged standing position immobilizes and blocks the joints of the spine, hips, knees and feet, which imposes greater tension or pressure, with the possible development of generative damage in tendons and ligaments.
If you spend a large part of your daily work standing (more than 2 hours), the following are some recommendations, to prevent subsequent damage by maintaining a prolonged standing posture:
Adapt the height of the workplace to the type of effort you make
Precision work for precision work such as measuring, controlling or repairing objects in quality positions, you must have a work surface about 5 centimeters above the height of the elbow, paying attention to have a good support for the forearms. Examples of Control and Quality Positions
Light Work Light work, such as an assembly line or computer or mechanical works, requires a work surface that is between 5 and 10 centimeters below the height of the elbow. Examples of Computer Cabinets
Work of Force or Heavy Work to carry out this type of operation is required to apply forces of push down, so it is recommended a work surface that is between 20 to 40 centimeters below the height of the elbow. Examples of Work Banks
Alternate your position with others that facilitate movement
A good position to work standing consists of keeping the body close and always located in front of what you are working with. Keeps your wrist resting on the surface of the table and a space for the knee of approx. 10 cm to alternate posture with ease? If it is necessary to remain standing, you can make frequent rest breaks. Find a way to change your posture as much as possible while you work.
Use a portable or fixed footrest. Find a job that has a high place to support a foot to facilitate the alternation of postures and try to change positions constantly, always taking care to distribute in a balanced way the loads in the different body segments, so that you do not cause overload physical
It changes the position of the feet and distributes the weight of the loads as we mentioned before it is important to manage a balanced position of loads that allow us to work comfortably and without additional effort.
In addition A useful action is to walk, this will allow your body to pump blood flow, which otherwise accumulates in the legs and feet, producing swelling and heaviness.
Efficiency vs. Ergonomics
Recall that the use of industrial furniture appropriate to the operation will help ensure the proper development and performance of the activities carried out.
In Tooling we have different furniture for each of the needs that can be presented when working in a workshop, to name a few we present:
- Work tables
- Tool Carriages
- Classifying cabinets
- Tool Exhibitors
- Bases for Machines
- Control and Quality Posts
- Computer Cabinets
Contact us for a complete solution; we have Specialist Engineers in the subject to attend all your doubts and needs of physical organization.