Ergonomic Trends: Laboratory Seating Specification Tips

January 1, 2018

ergonomic trendsWhen purchasing or selling seating into laboratory markets, it’s important to understand how the working postures and movements as well as the primary responsibilities of users within the numerous disciplines of the industry can differ dramatically from those of staff in office and other more conventional work environments. A few variables to consider include the following:

  1. What kind of laboratory are you outfitting? This question helps to categorize seating in terms of componentry, finishes and special options such as the need for bleachable or antimicrobial upholstery, easy-wipe-down configurations vs. higher rated clean room and/or electrostatic performance packages, etc.
  2. Specifically, what tasks are performed by researchers and technicians? Considerations may include if work performed is precise and up-close, such as microscopy; if workers frequently move from station to station; and, the surface height at which tasks are conducted – bench height, desk top, or somewhere in between.
  3. Does the laboratory operate on single or multiple shifts? Seating durability can vary greatly depending on the brand or model selected. Regardless of the choice, it will impact the bottom line.
  4. Are custom applications a consideration? Workers with special needs or unique tasks can require a one-off solution.

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