Thank you very much! I will look into these. I am open to any suggestions.
All great suggestions, but I am not sure that the original question was fully answered. I too am having a bit of trouble with a switchboard operator who views 4 monitors (2×2). Screens are 17". The workers are complaining of neck discomfort. Is anyone aware of any research based guidelines available for suggested mutilple screen set up.
I have a client right now where I am looking for a little more neck support to add to her existing chair. She does not have a severe medical condition to warrant a new chair and a slight modification would make her more comfortable.
What I have done to date is created an interim solution. She had an obus form on her chair with an adjustable lumbar pad that had a velcro strip to allow her to place it anywhere on the chair. I have removed the obus form and fitted the chair to her. The little lumbar pad though I have moved up to her neck area as she uses this as a rest on occasion when she is sitting back or reclining in her chair. Due to postural imblances she cannot contact the backrest of her chair fully without this little cushion.
Does anyone have a suggestion for something more permanent that would also look a little more professional? She does work for a professional orgainization without having to purchase a whole new chair.
I don’t have any specific recommendations for you,but I did have then two websites amoung my information. I have not reviewed them in depth for their credibility but the later one does have a video.
I hope it gives you a place to start.
Hello I had asked a similar question a few months ago. My question was what is the recommended viewing distance for computer screens larger than 17". There is a lot of informaiton in there and you might be able to find an answer to your question. It can be found under the general discussion tab. Sandra
It is interesting that this topic has come up. I was recently visiting a vendor who introduced me to the idea. I have to admint that immediately red flashing alarm bells were going off in my head for a number of reasons already stated.
After reviewing the many comments from everyone I have a couple of questions for those of you who have tried them.
1-What seems to be the average age of the workers who are using them? Are the older workers say 45 and up interested?
2-Is there a gender difference between users? I know that most traditional office environments are usually female dominated, but are guys acutally using these as well.
This might prove to be valuable information if deciding if this is right for your work environment.
I would be very interested in this topic. I have not noticed an increase in neck discomfort, however that could be because my monitors are usually around the 17-20" range so maybe this has not been an issue for me as of yet.
I do have increased reportes of glare when the monitor is not perpendicular to the desk however. So although the neck isn’t an issue the reports of eye strain and headaches increases slightly particularly if there is lighting overhead of the work area.
Thank you very much for the information. 17-21" is actually the size of the monitors.
You had mentioned that if the viewing distance is less than 24" you make them increase the font. Is there a specific size you recommend or do you just recaluculate until the distance is greater than 24"?
I do have one more question. I often do some muscle posture balancing tests to provide a visual demonstration to people that many of us possess some imbalances in our bodies that make us more susceptible to MSDs and we need to minimize factors that create these both in our work and off work activities. For example I will test right lateral neck flexion and I will measure with my fingers the distance between their ear lobe and neckand do the same thing on the other side and most people will have a difference of 1-2 finger widths which demonstrates a slight neck postural imbalance. Is there a quick and easy test for the eyes?
I find that most people neglect their eyes and although I often talk about vision breaks and how important they are if I had some sort of test in my bags of tricks to emphasize this importance I think it would provide more power to my preaching. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
Hello Colin Thanks for the quick response. I think a support system of some sort might be very beneficial for the connecting part, but would that increase the drag force for the worker if they have to pull through something? Could I actually decrease the work load on the worker particularly the upper body with a support system or would I transfer stress to a different area? What are your thoughts? It sounds like you have seen or used some sort of support system. Does the worker have to carry this or move it? Can it be stored along side the truck somehow or would it need to be in place at each loading station? Looking for any ideas I can present at this point in time. Thanks Again Sandra
This specfic attachement is not a quick connect. The company decided to try a different version due to the lack of safety in the quick connect that did not prevent the liquid splash back on the worker if they removed the connection before ensuring the line was empty. This new style of adapter requires placement and torque to the right to connect with a safetly handle that must be engaged. The average size of the hose is approximately 15 cm (6 inches) in diameter. The weight of hose + adapter and fitting could be 10 kg for approximately 5 m. Most docking stations can be accessed within 5 m, but there are a few that require up to 10 m. There is no support in place for the hose and my major concern iat the time was the different heights and locations of the docking stations themselves as this is variable. When there is an optimal station within easy distance and proper height even the workers state it is easy. I do like the idea of a support though. Do you have any further information regarding this?
Hello Jeff The connections vary. Some are at waist, above chest and knee height. In some stations there is a water basin extended underneath the connection which causes the worker to reach out from the body. I am not familiar with pneumatic connectors. Does this make it easier on the body? Thanks Sandra
I am new to this and I don’t see anything posted about this topic and I was just wondering if any information was posted about petit office chairs as I am currently looking for suggestions towards this.