As office managers evaluate the effectiveness of their business' environment, national health and safety standards should be a top priority. When purchasing business furniture and designing an office landscape, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is a great resource for tips on setting up a safe, healthy and efficient workplace.
"A well-designed office allows each employee to work comfortably without needing to over-reach, sit or stand too long, or use awkward postures," OSHA states. "Sometimes, equipment or furniture changes are the best solution to allow employees to work comfortably."
It's very important to invest in ergonomic chairs that can adjust to workers' bodies. When employees are comfortably seated in a chair fit to their personal needs, they can avoid straining their muscles and injuring their neck, shoulders, arms and back.
Another aspect of the office environment to keep in mind is whether furniture and other items pose a physical hazard. For example, filing cabinet drawers left open and cords crossing the walkway can be dangerous. When shopping for office furniture, consider dealing with a supplier that can help design and achieve an effective layout design.
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