3 Zones Of Ergonomic Design

The Three Zones Of Ergonomic Desk Design

Your office desk is your primary work space –  one unit with your computer, your phone, your pens and paper and anything else that you may need to work, including little personal objects to help you distinguish your space from that of colleagues.

A desk is just a desk – it is one space where you carry out your daily requirements.

To try and design better work stations for employees, studies have broken down the work station into three distinctive areas. Your desk is used in different ways throughout your working day, with some elements used all the time and some seldom or very rarely used.

The Three Zones Of Office Desks:

Primary: Also referred to as repetitive, this is the area that you are likely to spend the majority of your working day. Within your dedicated desk, office chair and workspace, your primary zone is the equipment that you use most frequently such as your computer screen, keyboard and mouse.

Secondary: This is the area of your work station that is used occasionally – this may be influenced by whether you are right or left handed. Your secondary zone includes occasionally accessed items such as your phone, paperwork, and reference documents.

Tertiary: The last zone, this refers to the areas which are beyond reach with an extended arm. This will cover things like reference books, physical files, spare staples and paper clips, things you may not use on a daily basis.

Why Divide Desks Into Zones?

Good question – should we really be concerned about dividing our office desks up into three zones? Simple answer, yes, we should.

With so many of us leading a sedentary lifestyle due in part to the amount of time we spend sat at our desks, the more ergonomic the design the better for our overall health. Ensuring that there is minimal strain when you are working in any of the zones will have a positive impact and therefore you need to identify what falls into which zone and arrange all the objects so that they are more comfortable to use. And by reorganising the items at your workstation you can help to create a more comfortable work space.

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