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Creating a comfortable and ergonomically appropriate workspace is crucial for promoting employee health, productivity, and overall well-being. Yet, many workplaces inadvertently fall victim to common ergonomic mistakes that can lead to discomfort, fatigue, and even injury. At Acorn Occupational Health, we’re committed to helping businesses identify and address these issues through our comprehensive ergonomic assessments. Here are some common ergonomic mistakes and tips on how to avoid them:


Poor Posture: Sitting or standing with poor posture can put strain on the muscles and joints. This leads to discomfort and potential long-term health issues. Encourage employees to sit up straight, with their feet flat on the floor, and their computer screen at eye level, therefore promoting a neutral posture.


Inadequate Desk Setup: A workstation that is not properly set up can contribute to musculoskeletal problems. Ensure that desks, chairs, and computer monitors are adjusted to the appropriate height and distance to support comfortable and healthy working postures.


Repetitive Movements: Repeatedly performing the same motions, such as typing or using a mouse, can lead to repetitive strain injuries. Encourage employees to take regular breaks, stretch, and vary their tasks throughout the day, therefore reducing the risk of overuse injuries.


Unsupportive Furniture: Using chairs and furniture that lack proper support can lead to discomfort and back pain. Invest in chairs and accessories that provide adequate lumbar support and adjustability to accommodate individual preferences.


Poor Lighting: Inadequate lighting can cause eye strain and headaches, especially when working on screens for extended periods. Ensure that workspaces are well-lit with natural or artificial light. Equally, consider using adjustable task lighting to reduce glare and enhance visibility.

At Acorn Occupational Health, our specialist ergonomic assessments are designed to identify potential ergonomic risk factors. We also provide tailored recommendations to improve workplace comfort and safety. Our experienced team of Ergonomists work closely with businesses to assess workstations, identify ergonomic issues, and implement practical solutions to optimise employee health and productivity.

Contact us on 01260 277797 or email us at to learn more about our Ergonomic assessments and how we can support your organisation in promoting employee health and productivity.

Want to know more about the Occupational Health services we provide at Acorn, and how they could benefit your business and your employees? Please get in touch.