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What Is Ergonomics? And Why It Is Important to YOU as a 911 Dispatcher

Posted by Joanna Pease on Oct 9, 2014 12:59:00 PM

ItsAboutYouErgonomics. It’s one of those words we hear thrown around a lot, and we know it’s important, but what does it actually mean? And why should we care?

I must admit, 5 years ago, when I first started working for Xybix, I couldn’t have given you the definition, or even explained why having something be “ergonomically correct” was important. I knew it was, “something about being healthy, or something to do with your posture.” At the time, I was a slouchy 20-something. I was young, and therefore felt that ergonomics did not apply to me. Maybe it was something my grandparents needed? I was constantly being told to stand up straight anyway, and I figured I didn’t need something else reminding me. Sound familiar?

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Topics: Ergonomics

Four Things You Should Consider when Choosing Technical Furniture

Posted by Kathleen Babcook on Sep 4, 2014 12:05:49 PM

TechnicalFurnitureXybixToday, too many of us are strapped to our desks and glued to our computer monitors and keyboards, especially, for the long hours required by most of our jobs in the fields of public safety, security facilities and operations control rooms which can operate 24/7.

We might ask ourselves, “Isn’t there another option?” With the recent advancements in technical furniture and ergonomic workstations, the answer is "yes!" Why should managers, directors and supervisors care? Because improper ergonomic positioning can result in work-related injuries and decrease performance and productivity. 

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Topics: Technical Furniture, Health, Security Console Furniture, Ergonomics, Dispatch Consoles

Casino Surveillance Isn't a Gamble: Your Casino Security Consoles Shouldn't be Either

Posted by Ken Carson on Mar 31, 2014 4:24:17 PM

XybixCasinoSucurityConsolesOne of the most important investments a casino owner can make is in the security of the establishment. With this in mind, many casino managers have installed high-tech surveillance systems, such as HD cameras and around-the-clock video monitoring, all of which provides exceptional oversight and security. But the casino industry’s next big surveillance investment should be a little closer to solid ground. We’re talking about height-adjustable furniture consoles for security operators, which can be incredibly beneficial for both the operations team and the management.

Height-adjustable furniture is commonly used in government agencies such as 911 dispatch and utilities departments. While you may think that 911 dispatchers have little in common with casino security, they actually share one major job function: long hours at a desk, scrutinizing multiple computer screens.

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Topics: Health, Security Console Furniture, Ergonomics, Buying

A Step by Step Guide to Setting Up Your Height Adjustable Workstation

Posted by Andy Reetz on Feb 25, 2014 3:50:00 PM

XybixHeightAdjustableWorkstationsBy now, most of you have heard about the health risks of sitting for extended periods of time. A height adjustable workstation or desk will give you the most flexibility, because it allows you to move easily between sitting and standing. So, the next logical question you might ask is 'how do you know what height to adjust your desk to?' A standing desk won’t do a whole lot of good, if you’re hunched over the keyboard to type or craning your neck to read your email. When setting up a height adjustable workstation, there are two positions you want to consider; seated and standing. Both are specific to each individual who uses the workstation.

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Topics: Technical Furniture, Height Adjustable Workstations, Ergonomics, QUICK TIPS, Command Center Console Furniture, Call Center Furniture, Dispatch Consoles

Monitor Arms vs. Monitor Arrays

Posted by David Carson on Feb 5, 2014 4:54:00 PM

XybixMonitorArrayMonitor arms may seem like a good idea at first, but generally they require the user(s) to make the a viewing adjustment for each individual monitor. This is a significant problem that compromises the potential for proper ergonomic benefits.

In a 24/7/365 task oriented environment such as emergency 911 dispatch, monitor arms would require each user to manually adjust two to four, or sometimes more monitors each time they start a shift at their workstation or console. Multiple monitors – simply exacerbate the problem of achieving the proper optimum adjustment for each individual user. 

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Topics: Ergonomics, Monitors, Dispatch Consoles

Getting Creative About Ergnomics in the 911 Comm Center

Posted by Kathleen Babcook on Nov 27, 2013 10:01:00 AM

TeamworkWhen you think of the brand name "Coca Cola" chances are ergonomics isn't the first thing that comes to mind! You are more likely to think of popping a can of soda on a hot summer's day then the commitment the company has to healthy habits in its workforce. In reality, Coca Cola has been leading the way in ergonomics, with a corporate ergonomist on staff responsible for promoting healthy habits company wide, ergonomics is top-of-mind for the company.

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Topics: Health, Ergonomics, Dispatch Consoles

Six Quick Ergonomic Tips for 911 Dispatchers

Posted by Kathleen Babcook on Nov 20, 2013 4:26:00 PM

Helpful Ergonomic Tips for 911 DispatchersThe job of a 911 dispatcher challenges a person’s mental and emotional abilities. It is also a job that requires a person to remain sitting in a chair during most of their shift. This type of job provides only limited opportunities to stand up and move around. Because of this limitation, proper ergonomics for 911 dispatchers is essential.  Improper ergonomics can lead to both short and long term physical issues.  

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Topics: Ergonomics, QUICK TIPS, Command Center Console Furniture, Dispatch Consoles

911 Dispatch Center "Conveniences?" Can You Give Them What They Want?

Posted by Kathleen Babcook on Nov 13, 2013 4:41:00 PM

"Oh, PLEASE...Oh, Please..."

Making 911 comm center dispatchers comfortable, happy and reducing stress is a top priority for any dispatch supervisor or manager. So what about the other "conveniences" dispatch employees often want to see incorporated into their center and dare I say "beg" for?

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Topics: Height Adjustable Workstations, Ergonomics, Dispatch Consoles, Accessories

PSAP Design - Are You Prepared for an Emergency?

Posted by Kathleen Babcook on Oct 25, 2013 12:40:00 PM

Prepare your PSAP with XybixTime marches on and the rising tide of technological change has engulfed everyone, especially those in the emergency services industry. While the post 9/11 era of dispatching stressed the integration of emergency services; communication technologies have evolved considerably during the intervening decade and Next Generation 911 is poised to take off. At the same time, budgets are tight and the prudent PSAP manager is understandably cautious when thinking about allocating scarce resources.

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Topics: Ergonomics, Command Center Console Furniture, PSAP Workstation Furniture, Dispatch Consoles

Security Consoles: Making Steps Toward Updating

Posted by Kathleen Babcook on Oct 18, 2013 3:45:00 PM

Out with the 'Old' and in with the 'New'Old vs New Xybix

Sitting at your desk, looking at computer monitors or having a job that requires sitting for extended periods of time, can cause a great deal of physical stress on your body. Unfortunately, this type of sedentary work is all too common in industries such as 911 dispatch, security, public safety and more.  

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Topics: Technical Furniture, Health, Height Adjustable Workstations, Security Console Furniture, Ergonomics, Dispatch Consoles

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