Workplace design

Employee at VDU workplace and graphical display of the measured loads

Measurement at a simulated office workplace in a laboratory environment; display in the CUELA software environment
Source: IFA

It is essential that indoor workplaces correspond with the needs and attributes of the people who work in them. Many workers at such workplaces nevertheless complain of musculoskeletal disorders, particularly in the upper limbs (neck, shoulder, arms and hands, back). Tasks repeated continually and frequently, static or unfavourable body postures, a lack of breaks, and also a lack of movement are among the known possible causes of these complaints.

The following recommendations are intended to help reduce musculoskeletal strain:

  • the strain caused by poor or uneven posture (e.g. twisted posture or prolonged periods in a seated position) or repetitive movements (e.g. prolonged use of a keyboard) should be reduced by shortening the period spent on such activities. This can be done by combining different tasks, giving the employee additional tasks or ensuring sufficient breaks;
  • favourable posture and changes in posture should be promoted by ensuring individually adjustable and ergonomic workstations.

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