Archive for the ‘Office Safety’ Category

Exercise at Your Desk for Improved Posture

Friday, June 17th, 2016
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Stretching at your desk is a great way to help improve your posture.

We all know the benefits of ergonomic chairs and other office furniture. But did you know that the best way to get all the benefits of correct posture from an ergonomic chair is to exercise at your desk? What do you mean you don’t have time? You’re sitting at a desk right now aren’t you? If we guessed right, then you’re in a great place to work on your posture, strengthen your back and core, and even get your heart rate up. (more…)

Benefits of a Professional Ergonomist

Monday, November 16th, 2015
Ergonomic Chair

An ergonomic chair will improve your health and save you money!

Did you know that we have a mobile Chair Showroom? Our showroom comes to you, equipped with Via brand chairs and a professional ergonomist. An ergonomist is someone who can study your posture and movements to make a chair that puts your body in a healthy, natural position. There are many benefits to talking to a professional ergonomist about your posture needs. (more…)

Health Tips for Office Workers

Friday, October 9th, 2015

Some people believe that office jobs are as easy and safe as they come. You get to sit back and relax in a chair for eight hours a day in a heated and air-conditioned building. But working an office job isn’t as safe as you might think! Spending 40 hours a week sitting at a desk can have serious impacts on your health. The lack of movement required in an office job can cause weight gain, aches and pains, and muscle tension. Keeping your eyes focused on a computer screen also can lead to headaches and eye strain. Luckily, there are steps you can take to send you on your way to a safer and healthier office environment.

Health Tips for Office Workers

Some people believe that office jobs are as easy and safe as they come. You get to sit back and relax in a chair for eight hours a day in a heated and air-conditioned building. But working an office job isn’t as safe as you might think!

Tips to Improve Office Health

  • Pack a healthy lunch and avoid keeping unhealthy snacks and meals in the office. Although a candy bowl on your desk might make you popular with your coworkers, the easy access to this unhealthy treat can be too tempting. Reaching for healthier snack options at the office could make all the difference when it comes to weight gain. (more…)

Does Your Office Have an Indoor Air Quality Problem?

Tuesday, September 8th, 2015

When discussing ways to improve productivity, it’s rarely mentioned that indoor air quality plays a huge role in the success and efficiency of office employees.

From devastating headaches to physical illness, poor air quality within an office lends itself to more sick days and less productivity. How can you tell if your office has poor indoor air quality?

Office Air Quality

How can you tell if your office has poor indoor air quality?

Indoor Air Quality

It may be hard to believe that the indoor air quality of a lot of office is so poor, but there are plenty of reasons why the air quality can have an adverse effect on the health of employees. There are more than a handful of reasons why the indoor air quality may be so poor: asbestos, formaldehyde, paints, adhesives, biological containments and pesticides are some of the biggest culprits of air pollution. Even cleaning materials and restroom air fresheners can threaten indoor air quality, so it’s very important to be mindful of what negative consequences can arise because of the use of certain chemicals and materials. (more…)

How to Improve Office Health

Friday, March 27th, 2015

office-healthWhile some may think that sitting at a desk in an office is an easy and safe job, they are really mistaken. Sitting at a desk for at least eight hours a day for five days out of the week can cause serious health issues. The lack of movement can cause tension in muscles, aches in joints, and obesity. Constantly staring at a computer screen for hours on end can also cause headaches and eye strain. It may seem like improving your office health is near impossible, but there are steps to take to make improvements.

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Spring Cleaning for your Office

Friday, March 13th, 2015

Spring-Cleaning

As the snow begins to melt and the temperatures slowly begin to rise, it is no secret that spring is right around the corner. With spring come flowers blooming, grass growing, and spring cleaning. While some may believe that spring cleaning is only for the home, it can also work for your office space. During the long months of winter, the last thing anyone wishes to do is clean. However, spring cleaning your office is a great way to boost morale and improve productivity.

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Keep Your Office Safe and Healthy with Interior Design

Thursday, September 25th, 2014

You wouldn’t think of an office as being an inherently dangerous place, would you? It’s certainly not like a construction zone or a factory where heavy equipment and machinery can pose a threat to workers. Nevertheless, there are risks that office workers face every day, and many of them have to do with office furniture and design! Read on to find out how exactly office workers can injure themselves and what steps you can take to prevent this with proper interior design practices.

File Cabinets and Shelving

Essential organizational elements of the office, file cabinets and shelving can also be responsible for injuries. Often times, if file cabinets are not placed strategically, such as when they are placed in a narrow aisle, it can become easy to bump or strike into them. Leaving file drawers open also creates this risk. The issue with shelving is similar, and if shelving is unsecured, you face the additional risk that the shelving will fall over, injuring someone in the process. Make sure to keep file cabinets clear of heavily trafficked areas and to secured shelving to walls when considering your interior design strategy.

Office Safety

Chairs and Desks

Office workers spend the majority of their day at their desk, so it is especially important that they are able to stay safe there. Chairs should be ergonomically designed so as not to allow stress injuries to develop, and they should also be well-balanced and sturdy to support an adequate amount of weight. Desks, too, should be sturdy enough to support the weight of a desktop computer, lamp, and any other additional materials that might need to be kept there. If your desk has sharp corners and edges, consider this factor and place it out of the direct aisle path, as someone accidently knocking into the side of it could be hurt.

American Design Associates, Inc. is a Contract Furniture Dealer and Design Firm located in Towson, Maryland. We proudly consider ourselves a “Dream Team” comprised of experienced project managers, interior designers, service technicians and an outstanding customer support team. We service clients throughout the Mid-Atlantic region including Maryland, DC, Virginia, Pennsylvania, Delaware, and beyond. We have the resources and the know how to provide the best solution for all of your business needs.

Call American Design Associates today at (410) 823-5500, contact us on our website or pay us a visit today. We want to help you stay organized in the office.

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Office Furniture Safety Tips from ADA

Thursday, July 18th, 2013

In order to have the most productive office environment possible, you need to have a safe office environment. When it comes to office furniture, there are many precautions to be taken in regards to staying safe around your office. There are many solutions that provide safety as well as comfort to the employees in an office. It’s an important factor to consider since many workplace accidents can result from improper safety measures being taken.

American Design Associates Office Furniture Safety

Some employees can become injured from falling off chairs or a bookcase could fall and injure them. Here are a few ways to stay safe around your office furniture:

  • Properly use and maintain chairs – The chairs in your office should be able to distribute the weight of whoever is sitting in it evenly. The legs of the chair need to provide an appropriate amount of balance so the chair won’t tip over. Proper sitting habits are also essential to office furniture safety. This includes not leaning too far back in your chair, not putting the majority of your weight at the front of the chair, don’t leave electrical appliances on your chair and don’t overwork the chair.
  • Secure your bookcases and shelves – Securing your bookcases, file cabinets, storage apparatuses and shelves is a sure way to maintain office safety. Also, making sure these office items are not too top heavy is another method to avoiding accidents in the office. Putting these objects against an office wall is the best bet in making sure that your office is safe.
  • Maintain safe workstations – Ergonomic workstation can reduce eyestrain, neck and shoulder soreness as well as the incidence of carpal tunnel syndrome. Adjustable workstations that allow employees to adjust what height they want their workstations at is a great solution to reduce the chance of office-related injuries occurring from work stations.

And if you need office furniture or help with your design, turn to American Design Associates!

American Design Associates has board certified designers and expert space planners on staff to help you maximize your office space with consideration to local building & fire codes, efficient work flow, communication, and privacy requirements. Whether you are moving into a larger space, downsizing, or simply reorganizing, thorough planning makes for a smoother installation and a superior work environment.

American Design Associates, Inc. is a Contract Furniture Dealer and Design Firm located in Towson, Maryland. We proudly consider ourselves a “Dream Team” comprised of experienced project managers, interior designers, service technicians and an outstanding customer support team. We service clients throughout the Mid‐Atlantic region including Maryland, DC, Virginia, Pennsylvania, Delaware and beyond. We have the resources and the know how to provide the best solution for all of your business needs.

Call American Design Associates today at (410) 823-5500 or contact us on our website.

Also, be sure to check us out on FacebookTwitter, LinkedIn and Google+!

Source: Office Furniture Safety, eHow.com