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It is Great to be on the move in today’s dynamic business world. In many cases it is also a necessity. With the Internet and mobile phones, we are constantly connected and communicating. Our days are dynamic, where we think – and work – out of the box like never before.

So why should your desk be chained down, when your mind is set free? Say goodbye to the old stationery desks. While retro is in, sore muscles and poor working conditions are most definitely out. A height adjustable desk combines sleek styling and excellent ergonomic benefits to your workplace. Available in countless shapes and materials, height adjustable desks and height adjustable tables can greatly improve an office environment. What’s more?

A height adjustable desk is quick to adapt to new assignments, just like you. So stand up and spread your documents, making them all visible at one, or sit down and examine one in particular, making sure everything adds up. After all, when your days are dynamic, shouldn’t your desk be Dynamic too?

Reproduced with the kind permission of Linak Linear Actuator Technology

The link between particular job tasks and degenerative ailments has been proven beyond any doubt by ergonomists. They recommend height adjustable workstations as vital pieces of equipment in the daily workplace for all.

The Linak System is utilised worldwide and in particular in the United States. One of the premier Manufacturers of Height Adjustable Tables in the United States is California based Innerspace Industries, Inc who incorporate the Linak system in their products. To view Innerspace Products , please follow the link below.

With more than 25 years of experience in linear adjustment of a variety of different applications, LINAK has the electric height adjustable solution you need. We have made it our mission to provide products that improve people’s quality of life and working environment. That is why LINAK is the obvious partner for height adjustable workstations  Benefits from the use of an electrical height adjustable workstation: . Advantages to the employee •  Fewer chronic problems •  Improved working environment •  Avoidance of monotonous postures •  Activation of heart, circulation and the intestinal system •  Prevention of muscle inactivity •  Circulation of the disc tissue •  Comfortable working posture •  Better comfort = higher degree of satisfaction 

 Advantages to the company •  Increased motivation and job satisfaction •  Increased performance and efficiency •  Long-term decrease of absenteeism due to illness •  Increased product and service quality •  Improved internal communication and cooperation •  Image upgrade for the company •  Falling failure rate •  Cost optimisation by means of desk sharing •  A more dynamic and efficient working style

Main applications The examples below are typical workstation applications that all require adjustable functionalities to prevent physical ailments among the employees using them. 

Industrial assembly tables Height adjustable industrial assembly tables + ESD make everyday life easier and more comfortable for the individual worker. Even at heavy loads the user/operator can adjust the table whenever needed offering the maximum flexibility. LINAK systems offer: •  Quality actuator systems up to 16 legs in parallel •  High lifting capacity •  Robust and sturdy design/construction •  Smooth drive even at high load •  User friendly and intuitive control unit

Trading tables Trading tables are present in trading and control room environments and offer the user a flexible and more comfortable workplace  •  Quality actuator systems up to 16 legs in parallel •  High lifting capacity •  Robust and sturdy design/construction •  Smooth drive even at high load • User friendly and intuitive control unit Surveillance desks No matter if we talk about adjustable surveillance desks in a mall, at the large plant, the train station or wherever, the keywords are high lifting capacity, flexibility, safety and high performance. LINAK systems offer:     •  Quality actuator systems up to 16 legs in parallel •  High lifting capacity •  Robust and sturdy design/construction •  Smooth drive even at high load • User friendly and intuitive control unit 

Mail sorting furniture Large furniture like mail sorting stations with attached shelves and heavy load requires robust and high quality actuator systems, which can handle the demanding job. LINAK has several possibilities for this kind of applications with focus on:  •  Quality actuator systems up to 16 legs in parallel •  High lifting capacity •  Robust and sturdy design/construction •  Smooth drive even at high load • User friendly and intuitive control unit

Our comprehensive product programme can be tailored to match your specific needs. LINAK DESKLINE® solutions allow you to adapt your workplace to your workers rather than the other way round.  

No matter what actuator system solution you need, LINAK has the system.

The Rapid Upper Limb Assessment (RULA) method has been developed by Dr. Lynn McAtamney and Profesor E. Nigel Corlett of the University of Nottingham, England. RULA is a postural targeting method for estimating the risks of work related upper limb disorders. A RULA assessment gives a quick and systematic assessment of the postural risks to a worker. The analysis can be conducted before and after an intervention to demonstrate that the intervention has worked to lower the risk of injury. CLICK HERE to download the Rapid Upper Limb Assessment (RULA) Paper Worksheet.

Reasons to choose our Height Adjustable Desks and Height Adjustable Tables :

  • If you have an existing back problem then standing at a high desk for parts of your day rather than sitting all day at a standard desk can offer great relief and help the recovery process when back problems occurs.
  • People of various height can easily adjust their desk according to specific needs – Particularly beneficial for those of a taller stature, in the prevention of stooping.
  • Electric operation means that people can adjust their own desk height which is also very useful for wheelchair users.
  • Ideal for people where sitting all day is not an option, ie individuals returning to work after back surgery.
  • Easy up and down operation with the added safety features that 2 buttons must be pressed together to avoid accidental operation.
  •  Advantageous for groups who share the same workstation-ie “Hotdesking” or shift working environments. For desk workers of different height.
  • Comfort to everybody.

By changing your working position often you avoid one-sided repeated wear on your musculature and your joints. There is no legal claim saying that you must have an electric sit/stand height adjustable desk, BUT there is a legal claim saying that it must be possible to change your working position and adjust the working station to fit the individual. The ergonomics standard in the VDU field (BS EN ISO 9241 Part 5) points out the need for alternating between sitting and standing rather than sitting all the time. In other words, static sitting even on a most ergonomic chair for extended periods cannot be good for the health especially peoples backs.  Consequently, desks which can adjust from sitting to standing postures, are becoming popular. We aren’t designed for long periods of seated work. Nor is it desirable that we stand for long periods, though standing position does at least allow more movement. Download The Disability Discrimination Act Guide for Small to Medium Sized Business’s Change of position is important: it minimises our tendency to create fixed tension patterns and progressively higher levels of residual tension. Sit-stand Workstations – the use of a height adjustable work surface for sitting and standing work is becoming fashionable. However, there is scant evidence that sit-stand furniture has cost effective benefits. The evidence suggests that there may be a reduction in back discomfort, but the research for this has not used adequate comparison groups (e.g. testing people who stand for the same time at the same frequency without doing keyboard/mouse work). There is no evidence that sit-stand improves wrist posture when keying or using a mouse. Logically, the real benefit of sit-stand is just that, changing between sitting and standing. But standing in a static posture is even more tiring than sitting in a static posture, so movement is important.

Changing your working position regularly helps to prevent back problems. An adjustable desk is essential for this.

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Workspaces for people with wheelchairs can be tailored to their dimensions quite easily by utilizing adjustable-height tables. These height adjustable work-surfaces maximize available space, cut costs in reconfiguring the work area and reduce work-related injury costs. The Labour supervision holds the responsibility that all Danish companies as of 1-1-1997 must comply with their guidelines concerning screen work (AT notice nor. 1108 of 15. December 1992 and AT anv. 4.0.1.1). Furthermore, all EEC countries must comply with EN 527-1 (Tables and desks, Part 1 ) There are a number of directions for and opinions about the correct positioning of your desk combined with your chair. All experts do, however, agree that the most important thing is to change working position often. Below you will find some rules of thumb for choosing your Adjustable Height Table/Desk The table/desk must be height adjustable so that it can be adjusted to the individual and make it possible to place screen keyboard and mouse in a suitable height. The height adjustable table/desk must be so deep (min. 80cm) that the screen can be placed at the optimum distance to the user, and that when working the mouse the whole forearm can rest on the table. The height adjustable table/or height adjustable desk must be wide enough to leave space on both sides of the keyboard for putting things down. The height adjustable table/height adjustable desk must so deep that both wrists and forearms can rest in front of the keyboard. Underneath the table/desk the construction should leave space for the legs to be moved freely. By prolonged reading or the like, it can be an advantage if the table can be placed in a sloping position, adjustable lumbar supports are now appearing in the furniture tender A working height which is too low or too high increases postural strain. Computer work and paperwork tasks require significantly different working heights. Changes in the effective height of computer keyboards create the need for changes in worksurface height. Changes in shoe heel height require different working heights, whether sitting or standing. There is no “standard person”. Standard working height is a complete nonsense. Adjustment Systems – with electric adjustment are now more or less standard. They offer optimum ease of use and are more reliable than mechanical systems based on gaslifts. Mechanical systems based on crank adjustment are reliable but the time and effort needed for adjustment is an obstacle to frequent change of position and they are appropriate only in very specific circumstances. Control systems. Memory features – were once standard on sit-stand tables. Users could programme preferred sitting and standing heights. The latest ergonomic thinking argues that it is better to provide simple height controls without memory features. This obliges users to think about correct working height every time they change position. In doing so they also attend to the way they are using the body. Adjustment RangeThe first electrical systems provided an adjustment range of 500mm. The minimum height available with these systems was often too high for shorter people engaged in keyboard work. More recent systems provide a range of 600mm or more. To get the best from sit-stand working, users must understand its importance. They must be taught the significance of correct working height and how to assess it; they must be encouraged to change frequently between sitting and standing. User education is an important part of an investment in modern workplace tools. Reduced strain and stress; improved wellbeing, energy and effectiveness, improved morale. A sense of choice and personal autonomy. The Freedom to Move – Standing encourages a more dynamic approach which carries over to seated working the sitting posture is improved. The opportunity to adjust working heights and change position encourages users to listen to their body, to attend to releasing tension. Benefits for Employers – All of the above are beneficial for employers. Anything which improves the wellbeing and morale of people at work will also improve their effectiveness. Sit-stand working is an important component of a comprehensive strategy for health and safety and liability issues. Employers can be confident that this part of their ergonomic provision reflects the highest modern standards. 1. How will the computer be used?  

  • Who will be using the computer?  – If the computer will only be used by one person then the arrangement can be optimized for that person’s size and shape, and features such as an adjustable height chair may be unnecessary. If it’s going to be used by several people, you will need to create an arrangement that most closely satisfies the needs of the extremes, that is the smallest and tallest, thinnest and broadest persons, as well as those in between these extremes.
  • How long will people be using the computer? If it’s a few minutes a day then ergonomic issues may not be a high priority. If it’s more than 1 hour per day it is advisable that you create an ergonomic arrangement. If it’s more than 4 hours then you should immediately implement an ergonomic arrangement.

2. What kind of computer will be used? 

  • Desktops – most ergonomic guidelines for computer workstation arrangements assume that you will be using a desktop system where the computer screen is separate from the keyboard.
  • Laptop computers are growing in popularity and are great for short periods of computer work. Guidelines for laptop use are more difficult because laptop design inherently is problematic – when the screen is at a comfortable height and distance the keyboard isn’t and vice versa. For sustained use you should consider purchasing either:
  • an external monitor
  • an external keyboard, preferably with a negative-tilt keyboard tray
  • both and a docking station

and then arranging your workspace to create a good workstation layout. See “5 tips for using a Laptop Computer”. 3. What furniture will you use?

  • Make sure that the computer (monitor, CPU system unit, keyboard, mouse) are placed on a stable working surface (nothing that wobbles) with adequate room for proper arrangement. If this work surface is going to be used for writing on paper as well as computer use a flat surface that is between 28″-30″ above the floor (suitable for most adults). You should consider attaching a keyboard/mouse tray system to your work surface. Choose a system that is height adjustable, that allows you to tilt the keyboard down away from you slightly for better wrist posture (negative tilt), and that allows you to use the mouse with your upper arms relaxed and as close to the body as possible and with your wrist in a comfortable and neutral position.
  • The benefits from sitting and standing is for people to sit in a neutral work posture and then intermittently to stand and move around doing other things, like filing papers, making phone calls, getting coffee, making photocopies etc.) rather than trying to keyboard or use a mouse while standing.
  • Recent research suggests that electronic sit-stand workstations, that can be quickly adjusted, allow each worker to modify the height of their worksurface throughout the day, and this may reduce musculoskeletal discomfort and improve work performance.

Height Adjustable, split worksurfaces –  with respect to wrist posture, the issues are the same for height adjustable, split worksurfaces and sit-stand worksurfaces:

  • If the surface is too low the hand will be in greater extension
  •  If the surface is too high the elbow will be in sustained flexion
  • If it’s a flat surface then it’s just the same argument as is used above for a negative-slope keyboard tray arrangement.

You can’t set a flat worksurface at an appropriate height for the 5 main tasks of office work – keyboarding, mousing, writing, viewing documents and viewing the screen- these all require different heights for an optimal  arrangement. A negative-slope keyboard tray system serves as the height and angle adjustment mechanism for the keyboard, and the mouse platform serves as the height and angle adjustment for the mouse when attached to a worksurface that is set for writing height. Monitor height is best adjusted by a separate monitor pedestal rather than trying to move a whole worksurface. There are a number of new split worksurface designs that may work quite well to achieve optimal monitor positioning. The Accella Series are computer work centers and height-adjustable work tables designed for use by individuals who use wheelchairs. The height adjustment, which is accomplished using the built-in hand crank, also provides access for individuals who stand or use standing aids while working. The hand crank is located underneath the tabletop and folds out of the way when not in use. The standard table has a laminate top, anodized aluminum pedestal, and steel feet. OPTIONS: Solid wood veneers, PVC vinyl edge treatments, casters, plastic glides/levelers, under desk computer holder, extending keyboard drawer, articulating keyboard drawer with or without mouse tray, pencil drawer, hanging pedestal storage. DIMENSIONS: Model 6030 has a 60 x 30 inch top, model 4830 has a 48 x 30 inch top, and model 6024 has a 60 x 24 inch top. The height adjusts from 27 to 39 inches. COLOR: The laminate surface is available in amber maple, golden oak, and dove grey. The solid wood veneer is available in oak, maple, and cherry. WARRANTY: Two years. Sit Stand workstation arrangements relieve muscle fatigue.  From a typical seated posture, standing relieves stress, increases blood flow to many parts of the body, and properly realigns the spinal column. The best ergonomic product solutions encourage their use through a wide range of adjustability and ease of use.  Ergotect offers SIS adjustable height table options to meet many office environment requirements. ADA guidelines are specific regarding the provision of unobstructed knee-space for wheelchair-bound persons, calling for a “cube” of space measuring 27 inches high by 30 inches wide by 19 inches deep. Of course, it should be stated that this is simply a primer for making the workplace a safer, more accessible area for everyone who works there. ADA guidelines should be referred to directly when considering any significant change in the work place :

  • of a disabled individual
  • Shops & Services (Access to Goods, Services & Facilities)
  • The new DDA law affects places like shops, banks, cinemas, pubs, hotels, travel agents, libraries, courts, churches and parks.
  • Except for a few reasons :
  • These places will not be able to treat you any worse than other people just because of your disability.

The new law means that

  • 1) people ought to serve you,
  • 2) people ought to treat you the same as others and 
  • 3) people ought to charge you the same money as other people. If they do not do this, they could be breaking the law.

For Example – Let’s say that a shop assistant won’t let you buy something in his shop just because you are disabled. By doing this the shop assistant is breaking the law. People in places like shops, banks, cinemas, and pubs are breaking the law if they treat you worse than other people because you are disabled unless they have a good reason. These good reasons are :

  • 1) If there is a risk to health or safety,
  • 2) If you cannot understand a contract, 
  • 3) If serving you means that they cannot serve other people, 
  • 4) If they can only serve you or other people by treating you less well and 
  • 5) If it costs more to provide a special service.

For example: The manager of a TV rental shop says he won’t rent a TV and video to you because he is sure you do not understand you have to pay rent every month. The manager may not be breaking the law if he has a good reason for believing that you do not understand and will therefore not pay your rent. The effect of your friend’s disability means that he shouts all the time. The manager of the local cinema tells your friend that he won’t let him in to see a film. This is because the last time he went to see a film he made such a lot of noise that the other people complained they couldn’t hear the film. The manager may not be breaking the law.