Office Safety – The Importance of Workstation Height  

The height of your workstation can have a massive impact on your health and productivity. When your workstation is not the right height, you may experience pain in your neck, shoulders, back, or wrists.

You may also find it difficult to focus on your tasks and be productive. 

The ideal workstation height will vary depending on your individual height and body proportions. However, there are some general guidelines which you can follow. 

  • When you are sitting, your feet should be flat on the floor and your knees should be at a 90-degree angle. 
  • Your elbows should be bent at a 90-degree angle when you are typing or using a mouse. 
  • The top of your monitor should be at eye level. 


If your workstation is not the right height, you can adjust your chair or desk. Additionally, you can use a footrest or keyboard tray to help you achieve the correct posture. 

Sit-Stand Desk 

A sit-stand desk is a desk that can be adjusted to different heights. This allows you to alternate between sitting and standing throughout the day. 

Benefits to using a sit-stand desk: 

  • Reduced risk of back pain, neck pain, and other musculoskeletal disorders. 
  • Improved circulation and blood flow. 
  • Increased energy levels and productivity. 
  • Reduced fatigue. 
  • Weight loss or maintenance. 
  • Increased alertness and cognitive function. 


A study conducted by the Mayo Clinic found that people who used a sit-stand desk for six months had a 50% reduction in the risk of developing back pain. Another study found that people who used a sit-stand desk for eight weeks had an improvement in their energy levels and productivity. It may just be the solution you are seeking! 

If you are considering changing to a sit-stand desk, there are a few things you should keep in mind. First, make sure that the desk is adjustable enough to accommodate your height and the different tasks that you will be doing. Second, choose a desk made of a durable material so that it will last for many years. 

The height of your workstation is important for your health and productivity. By adjusting your workstation height to the correct level, you can reduce your risk of pain and improve your overall well-being. If you are considering getting a sit-stand desk, do your research and choose a desk that is right for you. 

Additional tips for maintaining good posture at your workstation: 

  • Take breaks throughout the day – ensure you stand up and move around. 
  • Stretch your neck, shoulders, and back regularly. Avoid slouching. 
  • Use a supportive chair with good lumbar support. 
  • Keep your monitor at eye level. 
  • Position your keyboard and mouse so that your wrists are straight. 
  • Finally – ensure you complete a DSE Self-Assessment, available via iProtectU EHS software. 


By following these tips, you can help to prevent pain and improve your health and productivity at work. 

The iProtectU health and safety software provides: 

  • An inspection and Audit App which allows for safety inspection of the workplace and associated report 
  • eLearning on a wide range of EHS topics 
  • Scheduling functionality for managers to send eLearning, risk assessments and documents out to all staff via the software with tracks completion and compliance 
  • Display Screen Equipment (DSE) Assessment template  
  • Management system to document control the policy on DSE 
  • Method Statement module for the creation of work activity working instructions 
  • Legal register that provides legislation guidance on DSE 
  • Incident investigation module that tracks incidents involving using a workstation both with an app and via desktop 
  • Hazard observation app where staff can report and record any concerns regarding DSE use to the organisation 
  • Asset management App ensuring assets are recorded in the software 



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