The turn of the century saw a continuation of the migration of people from factories into the office space. This progression has been nearly constant since the invention of the computer and Internet. What many people didn’t know at the outset was the fact that a person could sustain repetitive movement injuries from simply having a desk job. Monitor arms eventually came around and provided a great ergonomic solution to certain musculoskeletal injuries a person could sustain over time. It is important to know why ergonomic design is important before understanding the full benefits of a monitor arm.
What does ergonomic mean?
Ergonomics is the scientific field related to helping a person interact more effectively and safely with the systems around them. This includes a person’s work area. Research has shown that an ergonomic office area increases productivity, employee satisfaction and helps avoid injury and illness risks. These factors benefit a person whether they are working from home or at the office. It is important, however, to understand just how these ergonomic areas contribute to these factors.
Ergonomic design is meant to prevent the onset of musculoskeletal disorders that are related to certain job functions. There are many activities in several different jobs that can lead to these disorders:
Prolonged exposure to any of these tasks can lead to work related musculoskeletal disorders (WRMDs). These disorders can cause the loss of performance capacity, work disability and persistent pain. These symptoms often don’t lead to the proper diagnosis of a WRMD due to the fact that the most common early warning is pain, and this can often be blamed on other factors.
Ergonomic science is meant to prevent all of these possible disorders. Scientists actually study environmental factors that can be changed in the workplace to prevent these types of injuries. They often come up with solutions that can prevent or lessen the occurrence of the aforementioned repetitive duties by rearranging the work or office space. It is important that people understand just how prevalent these disorders are so they can understand their risk.
Most people don’t realize just how big of an issue WRMDs are. The majority of people are surprised to hear that around 1.8 million workers fall victim to these disorders every single year. Of these workers, around six hundred thousand are forced to take time off of work due to their injuries. This equates to nearly five million lost man hours every year, and that’s if each worker only missed one day at work, which is highly unlikely.
WRMDs also make up half of all workers’ compensation claims in the United States. There are some people, however, who may believe that workers are just playing these disorders up. There are obviously people who would fake an injury to get out of a day’s work, but this issue is recognized by the medical field as legitimate. WRMDs can cause a wide variety of bodily injuries:
Any of these injuries can be detrimental to an employee who needs their job to secure a living. People who work in office areas or who use their computer for tasks at home face an ongoing threat of developing all of the aforementioned disorders. Most individuals are now taught in school to sit up straight and keep their wrists at a certain angle when working at a computer, but the traditional office layout isn’t really designed to promote these behaviors.
Monitor arms were developed with ergonomic design in mind. They are made to prevent certain behaviors and activities that lead to WRMDs, and they even contribute to a more comfortable working environment. The great thing about monitor arms is the fact that they have several benefits other than promoting ergonomic health.
Monitor arms allow an individual to easily move their computer screen around. This allows for easy adjustment, but it also makes it possible to move the screen out of the way when it isn’t in use. This is an amazing feature for anyone who also does paperwork at their desk due to the fact that they can get the monitor out of the way and fully use their desk for what desks were originally intended for: writing and paperwork.
Monitor arms also free up precious work space that is always beneficial to the modern worker. The arm holds the monitor above the desk, and this in turn allows the use of all of the work area that would usually be taken up by the computer monitor. This undoubtedly makes the work of individuals with smaller work spaces far easier and more productive.
Of course, the ergonomic benefits of monitor arms cannot be overstated. They allow workers to position their computer screens at the optimal level for their specific height. They can also easily adjust just how close the screen is to their face. These features allow a person to keep their shoulders and neck relaxed, head centered, wrists straight and back comfortable. This makes it excessively easy and even natural for a person to position themselves in a way that will prevent WRMDs.
Ergonomic office designs are created strictly to help an employee or other individual maximize their productivity while minimizing their chances of sustaining an injury. It is important for full ergonomic solutions to include lighting, keyboard support and seating, but monitor arms work in conjunction with all of these other ergonomic features to keep a person comfortable while sitting long periods at their desk.
1. How much weight can the monitor arm hold?
Most monitor arms are built to hold anywhere from ten pounds to thirty pounds of weight.
2. How do you adjust the monitor arm?
Most monitor arms can be manually moved with a person’s hand. Some arms require the loosening of a dial to move the screen, and then the retightening of that dial.
3. How do you mount a monitor arm?
Installation will vary depending on if the arm is mounted to the wall or desk. The monitor plate must first be attached to the back of the monitor with the provided bolts and washers. It is then important to choose where the arm will be mounted, but it’s imperative to follow the instructions included with the arm.
An individual should hold the arm where they are thinking of installing and then move it around to make sure it won’t hit corners or walls. Mark this spot with a pencil. If being installed on a wall, the arm should be over a stud. Mark where the holes on the end of the arm are located on the wall or desk and then drill pilot holes. The arm can then be screwed into place and connected to the monitor plate.