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What is ergonomics?

What Is Ergonomics?

Ergonomic design is about creating a working environment that fits your need for comfort, and the correct posture. Design must complement, rather than force you to adapt.

Good ergonomic practice reduces the risk of long term problems like back pain and muscular skeletal disorder.

A simple definition of ergonomics is “making the work fit the person” not “making the person fit the work”


How do I choose the right ergonomic product?

Fellowes 4 zone approach to ergonomics


Fellowes ergonomic products are designed for the modern office or home office. To make it easier to choose the right product for you, we have identified 4 key problem areas. To learn more click here.

Learn about ergonomics and the four zones here.

Fellowes Ergonomic 4 Zones

ZONE 1 - PREVENT BACK TENSION


Posture Managers, Back and Foot Supports, Home Office Solutions - I-Spire Series™

ZONE 2 - AVOID WRIST PRESSURE


Wrist Supports, Mouse Pads, Home Office Solutions - I-Spire Series™

ZONE 3 - RELIEVE NECK STRAIN


Monitor and Laptop Supports, Posture Managers, Back and Foot Supports, Document Holders, Home Office Solutions - I-Spire Series™

ZONE 4 - HEALTHY ENVIRONMENT


Cleaning, Workspace Desk Accessories, Air Purifiers, Home Office Solutions - I-Spire Series™

By not working ergonomically you can develop skeletal and muscular issues that in turn lead to neck and back pain causing disruptions to your work and life. Protecting yourself from these ergonomic issues doesn't have to be difficult, simply follow our handy ergonomic tips to create the ideal working environment to keep you healthy and productive both at work and home.

How do I set up an ergonomic workstation?

Make your workplace work for you by ensuring your chair, desk, computer, phone and lighting all fit the needs of your body's most important areas. Your comfort is determined by how you protect each one of these areas by assuming correct ergonomic postures.

Use the following list to remind yourself to pay attention to how you're sitting. Post it near your desk where you interact with your computer and other equipment:

Who is responsible for a workstation assessment?


What is ergonomics?
  • Line of Sight
  • Neck Posture
  • Arm Posture
  • Back Support
  • Leg Support
  • Foot Position
  • Viewing Distance
  • Work Surface
  • Mouse Position
  • Keyboard Position

It is the responsibility of the line manager to organise workstation assessments for your team. Click here for more information on ergonomic essentials for businesses.

By taking our online workstation assessment and using the 4 zone approach you can make simple changes to your workstation that will improve your health and wellbeing at work


Time to get your business working well

A Healthy Workplace Keeps Working


Musculoskeletal disorders (MSD) are some of the most prevalent, most expensive and most preventable workplace injuries in the workplace. They can affect muscles, tendons, nerves, joints and the spine. They can also hamper productivity and profit levels of a business through increased absenteeism levels and damaging the morale of a workforce.

66% of European office workers have suffered from ailments in the last 3 years as a direct result of working at a computer, laptop or tablet, Ergonomic products are a simple solution to an expensive problem for many companies!

Employee wellbeing and ergonomics is key

The topic of employee wellbeing has grown in popularity in recent years. Many organisations are recognising the increasing importance and benefits of wellbeing programmes and initiatives.

Not only is it a legal requirement to conduct a workstation assessment, it encourages employee engagement and demonstrates a duty of care for an organisation.

Employees who have problems that are work-related or personal are unlikely to perform as well as they would if the problem did not exist. The impact of this can range from reduced concentration to sickness absence. This could lead to increased staff turnover and costs, in extreme cases, depression.

Since on average European office workers spend over 7 hours a day using a laptop, computer or tablet, there are lots people throughout Europe that can benefit from having the correct ergonomic solutions in their working environment.

Good ergonomics can help with the following benefits:

  • Increase productivity
  • Improve worker morale
  • Reduce health issues such as repetitive stress injuries, back and neck strain, eye strain, muscular pains and headaches

The Risk Factors



  • Awkward posture
  • Static posture
  • Contact stress
  • Repetitive movements

Environmental Risk Factors


Temperature extremes
Indoor air quality

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