Energy Utilization and Energy Efficiency Projects to Help IC Achieve Sustainability Goals
Friday, June 3, 2011
Employees who work at a computer for several hours each day are at risk for a variety of repetitive stress injuries (RSIs) related to monitor, keyboard, and mouse usage. Many people underestimate the time they spend sitting every day. The average person in the United States sits for 7.7 hours a day.
Studies have found that the mechanisms of sitting are completely different from those for walking or exercising. Sitting for long periods causes a completely different set of problems than lack of exercise would. So exercising to make up for sitting all day will not help the problems you attain from that sedentary behavior.
Ergotron has come out with the WorkFit-S, which is a docking system that attaches to your office desk and holds the monitors, keyboard, and mouse. This can be lifted up or down depending on if you would like to be sitting or standing while you work. Workers are able to alternate sitting and standing throughout the day, which helps reduce back and neck pain, improves energy, productivity, and is quick and easy.
Here at Ithaca College, Brian Scholten, who works in the office of registrar in the Peggy Ryan Williams Center, has purchased a WorkFit-S. These are the questions that I asked him about his new workstation and the answers he provided:
Have you felt any mental or physical differences since the new workstation has been installed?
Yes. The new work station has allowed me to stand most of the day and the result has been that I've strengthened my back muscles and have more energy. It's the norm for me to stand at work now; I don't sit much unless I have to attend a meeting.
How much did the equipment cost?
The work station I'm currently using is one I'm borrowing but I recently purchased my own work station. The cost is about $400.00.
How easy it is to use?
It is very easy to use. All I have to do is adjust it up or down with my hand depending on whether I'm going to sit or stand. That's all there is to it.
Would you recommend this product to others?
Yes. In fact, I'd go so far as to say that I believe these work stations that allow people to stand at work will be the wave of the future. There is quite a bit of information out there now that indicates sitting for long periods of time is unhealthy but standing is not only healthy it helps you burn calories.
Patricia Santelli '12
Energy Management Intern
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