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Office/Light Duty

Inspection, testing, light assembly and office activities can be performed faster and safer utilizing a properly designed workstation.

Reaching, bending and twisting can be reduced by creating a workstation that fits the needs of the specific operator. The following are some things to consider when selecting the right components for your workstation. For more tips, go to Plan Your Workstation.

TYPICAL OFFICE/LIGHT DUTY WORKSTATION

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BUILD YOUR OWN OFFICE WORKSTATION IN 4 SIMPLE STEPS!
STEP 1: Select Workstation Base Frame

Some important considerations for choosing the correct workstation frame for an office/light duty application:

  • The size of the frame is dependent on the size of the work surface. Decide how much surface is necessary to perform the necessary tasks – and how much space is available in the work area. Apply the ergonomic reach zones to each item or function. The space should be large enough to perform the tasks but compact to limit reaching and stretching.
  • Determine the maximum capacity required including shelving, equipment, components – and whether the weight is distributed evenly. Excessive weight in one area of a workstation could require a higher capacity frame.
  • Consider whether there will be multiple users of the workstation – or if the operator will transition between sitting and standing. A good rule-of-thumb to determine whether manual or electric height adjustability is appropriate, is if the height needs to be adjusted more than four times per year, electric adjustability is suggested.
STEP 2: Select Feet or Caster Type

Some important considerations for choosing the feet or casters for an application:

  • Determine how often the workstation will be moved within the work area. Leveler feet are used for mostly stationary units. Casters are recommended for stations that will be frequently moved or repositioned.
STEP 3: Select Work Surface Type

Some important considerations for choosing correct work surface for the application:

  • Decide how much surface is necessary to perform the tasks – and how much space is available in the work area. Consider Apply the ergonomic reach zones to each item or function. The space should be large enough to perform the tasks but compact to limit reaching and stretching.
  • Understand whether the user will perform most functions from a sitting or standing position. A laminate rolled front edge is more ergonomic for operators who rest their forearms on the front edge of the work surface when performing a task.
  • Consider whether a keyboard will be used and how often. A bi-level work surface provides additional comfort flexibility.
STEP 4: Select Accessories

Once the basic components of a workstation are selected, accessories are added to place items based on frequency and sequence of use, safety and other factors to reduce operator stress and increase productivity. (See Plan Your Workstation for more information)

  • Review the ergonomic reach zones and identify what tools and components correspond with each zone. Utilizing uprights with shelves allows the operator to place items where appropriate while keeping the work surface clear for tasks.
  • Consider whether the operator needs access to power. Placing a power strip close to the work surface makes access for tools and computer equipment simple and easy. This avoids bending or stretching to reach outlets.
  • Evaluate the computer equipment that will be used at the workstation. A monitor arm allows the operator to place their screen at the appropriate height for proper posture and reduced eyestrain.
  • Contact BOSTONtec for more workstation suggestions!
STEP 5: Customize!

We understand some applications have specific needs that require special solutions so we make customization easy and affordable. With productivity and operator safety in mind, our design and engineering team can help create options and accessories to meet those needs - like custom work surfaces for inserting scales. Contact BOSTONtec today for a free consultation.

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