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October is National Ergonomics Month

Ergonomics is a term meaning “natural laws of work” and is the practice of determining how to conform your work to your body for maximum comfort and minimum strain. Your posture and range of motion in a sedentary job can significantly impact your health and often a simple adjustment can make a big difference to risk of injury. In addition to physical strains, factors such as lighting, noise, and clutter may also affect work safety and health.

According to OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration), almost 33% of work injury is caused by muscle or nerve disorders that may be prevented by attention to ergonomic devices and behaviors. Click HERE to read more about optimal ergonomic seating position and elements of an ergonomic desk or workstation.

Using this free checklist from EON you can assess your ergonomic needs and work with your account manager to address them. Simply print the form, fill it out, and fax or email to your EON Account Manager. Our furniture team has an extensive catalog of ergonomic furniture and devices to beautifully outfit your space and complement your health.

How to Reduce Workplace Paper

Paper is one of the items that most builds up and causes office clutter. Can you find the paperwork you need whenever you need it? Here are some simple solutions to reduce workplace paper and stay organized.

 

 1. Use scanners like the model offered below to store your papers digitally.  Some useful features to consider are wireless capability, OCR (optical character recognition) software which automatically converts your scans to live text, or the ability to run multiple pages at a time. You may also be able to find add-on software to enhance your scanning for free online. Talk to your account manager about which scanners might be best for your office.

Brother DSMobile DS-820W Sheetfed Scanner #BRTDS820W

24-bit Color – 8-bit Grayscale – USB

2. Stay aware of how much paper you are actually using. You may not realize how many pages you could be saving by using digital faxes, electronically signing documents, and sending clients CDs or flash drives of presentations rather than bound papers. If a meeting requires handouts those can easily be transmitted digitally as well.

3. Shred and recycle your old papers to keep them from obscuring more current work. EON offers cheap and efficient recycling solutions if you prefer to not shred yourself, but we also offer many models of shredders that can handle any shredding project. Cross cut shredders like the one below are the most secure, and often come with great rebate offers to save you money.

Fellowes Powershred HD-10Cs Cross-Cut Shredder #FEL3028002

 

4. Rearrange your office! If papers seem to be piling up or getting lost, examine your filing set up. Do you have organizers for each type of paperwork you deal with? If not, if may be time to consider some better solutions to keep your papers separate and easy to locate.

Safco 3 & 3 Combination Rack Desktop Organizer #SAF3167BL

Browse our online catalog HERE to see what sort of papersaving and organizing devices we offer.

The Benefits of Ergonomic Desk Footrests

Most office desks & workstations are not outfitted with ergonomic footrests. This often-overlooked accessory has many health benefits that you may not know you’re missing. Yes, a comfortable office chair is the first step to keeping your legs and back from strain, but resting your feet on the floor or allowing them to dangle all day can also cause pain or circulation problems.

A good footrest has two components: it keeps your feet at a comfortable angle (to reduce stress on the knees) and keeps your feet off the floor (to avoid pinching nerves in the legs and improve circulation. Your body is meant for motion, not 8 hours of sitting still, so many models also have a rocking element or rollers to keep your legs moving and avoid fatigue. The result is a posture and motion similar to driving a car, and will help you remain more alert and pain-free at work.

BSN62881   Business Source Adjustable Footrest Non-skid – 17.8″ x 14.0″ x 3.8″ – Gray, Black

  • Footrest is ergonomically designed to reduce muscle strain and fatigue
  • Design allows height adjustment
  • Footrest features a rubber surface with nonskid grip
  • Overall dimensions: 17-3/4″ W x 14″ D x 3-3/4″ H; Black
The footrest showcased above is a popular basic model, but EON has many types of footrests including those with heating/cooling or foot massaging elements. Whatever your preference, we can help you find a footrest that will make a difference to your health and comfort.  To browse them all you can find “Furniture Accessories” under the Furniture tab of our online store.
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