Category Ergonomic design; Ergonomics

Open Office Designs are leading to distracted and more error prone employees

Remember when education gurus experimented with open classrooms? I was one of thousands of products of that not so brilliant, failed experiment. Cognitive experts and brain imaging studies clearly show the human brain functions optimally when there is quiet, uninterrupted space available to employees….and students. We get it at Optimal Performance and are not na├»ve […]

BEKANT Desk sit/stand – IKEA Optimal Performance’s Ergonomic Team Product Review

BEKANT Desk sit/stand – birch veneer/white – IKEA. For employees who have a bona fide medical issue such as discogenic back injury with referred symptoms past the knee(s), or employees with DVT risk coupled with job demands which truly require them to sit for long periods of time (customer contact centres, accounting, call centres) this […]

Even with regular exercise, excessive sitting linked to disease, premature death – OHS Canada Magazine BUT so can static standing says OPC Inc.

Even with regular exercise, excessive sitting linked to disease, premature death – OHS Canada Magazine. Great review of the literature by top researchers regarding sitting at work & negative health outcomes. What we are missing here are the equally important studies about risks associated with static standing at work. At OPC Inc we advise our […]

The Open-Office Trap – The New Yorker and OPC Inc. present the Evidence

OPC Inc and our consultants have been providing clients with cognitive and mental function evidence about how open office concepts and low height dividers negatively impact us all. Need more evidence? Read some of the top studies conducted by leading organizational Psychologists and Human Factors Specialists. These designs save money on real estate indeed. The […]

This Is The Ideal Office, According To Science And Design (INFOGRAPHIC) from Huffington Post Fall 2014

This Is The Ideal Office, According To Science And Design (INFOGRAPHIC).   Just as designers, facility managers, building owners push for very open offices and typical 5 x 6 workspaces, comes yet more evidence that these designs negatively impact human performance. OPC Inc has been discussing the neurophysiological and physiological evidence for not using open […]

Did you know Ergonomics is about Preventing Human Error?

Many an OH&S Manager or Committee make the same assumptions when attempting a Root Cause Analysis. Too often the human factor is deemed to be the cause for an accident, near miss or MSI injury, product error. To jump to this conclusion in the absence of performing a full and complete Root Cause Analysis is […]

Did you know Ergonomics is Mandatory Under the General Duty Clause of the OHS Act?

A formal and effective Ergonomic Program when developed by the experts at OPC Inc. should include the following elements; 1. Written Policies about the Ergonomic Program 2. Tie in of the program with OH&S, Wellbeing and Operations 3. Basic Training for all employees about ergonomic principles 4. Formal Training for the OH&S Committee about Ergonomic […]