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Feeling Tired at Work? It Could Be That Your Work Area Isn’t Ergonomic

March 5, 2024

Feeling Tired at Work? It Could Be That Your Work Area Isn’t Ergonomic

Feeling Tired at Work? It Could Be That Your Work Area Isn’t Ergonomic

Fatigue is a common occurrence, especially in the workplace. Fatigue is essentially a “signal” that the body needs rest. When fatigue occurs, individuals will experience increased difficulty in performing both physical and mental tasks. Generally, fatigue is characterized by feelings of tiredness or lethargy and difficulty concentrating.

Fatigue itself can occur due to various factors, one of which is the design of the work area that does not consider comfort, satisfaction, safety, and occupational health. The human body has a range of movement, and movements within this range will facilitate blood circulation, making us more comfortable and flexible in our activities, which of course affects our productivity. In designing the work area, we must consider the range of human motion to help reduce fatigue and muscle disorders.

One of the most important things to consider is the height of the worktable surface, as it must be adjusted to the user. If it is too high or too low, it will result in fatigue, muscle pain, and tension in the spine.

Here are the recommended heights for the worktable according to the type of work for a “Standing Workstation”:

  • 4 inches above elbow height for precision work such as typing/electronic assembly
  • Parallel to elbow height for mechanical work or assembly line work (light work)
  • 4 to 6 inches for work involving pushing, pulling, lifting, moving, or requiring a lot of force (heavy work)

As for work done in a seated position, the recommended table heights are as follows:

  • 5cm, 10cm, and 15cm above elbow height
  • The chair height adjusts to the height of the worktable by reducing the height of the worktable obtained by the sitting elbow height position.

By understanding about the ergonomics of the workspace, it is hoped that it can minimize the possibility of injuries and make productivity improvements, so let’s re-examine your workspace, is it already ergonomic?