Ergonomics & Your Health: Preventative Best Practices You Can Start Today (NEW VIDEO)

Posted by Doug Herman on May 11, 2020 11:30:51 AM

 

If I said, “Your employees need an ergonomically correct workplace," you may bristle. But if I said, "Your employees will be more comfortable and more productive, and they’ll likely complain less,” I’ll bet your ears just perked up.

Ergonomics is the critical component here. Not only is does it provide a workplace standard, but it also sends a message to your team that you care.

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Topics: Health, Ergonomics, QUICK TIPS, Monitors, Lighting, Eye Strain, Standing Desks

Standing Desks Increase Efficiency & Focus in Casino Security Surveillance

Posted by Kristen Nielsen on Jun 6, 2019 1:42:20 PM

Casino Security SurveillanceCasino floors are like no other place on earth. The flashing lights and winning rings of slot machines. Cocktail servers
all around with smiling faces. The cheers of excitement as someone shouts “red!”
or “black!” Your casino has an energy that can’t be found anywhere else. Because
of all this constant action, you need exceptional security operations.

The recent advancements in technology are astonishing. Cameras can cover every inch of the floor and use facial recognition. Real time text alerts are used to notify staff instantly of a possible threat. It is no secret that constantly upgrading and investing in new technology is a key strategy to keeping your guests and casinos secure and safe.

But what investment is your casino missing?

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Topics: Height Adjustable Workstations, Security Console Furniture, Eye Strain, Standing Desks, Casino, Command & Control

Eye Strain for Radiologists: Bias Lighting Could Be The Solution

Posted by Kristen Nielsen on May 16, 2019 11:55:29 AM

shifty eyes GIF by Gabo LaraHealthcare professionals are the ones everyone turns to for life’s ailments, but this doesn’t make them immune to their own health risks. 

With the advancements in technology and reading, radiologists have found themselves confined to long hours behind a desk and in front of computer screens. With this shift comes various visual and musculoskeletal problems that are related to excessive computer use.

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Topics: Ergonomics, PACS Radiology Workstation Furniture, Lighting, Eye Strain, Imaging Desks, Healthcare Command Center, Healthcare, Radiology

How Many Monitors Can Fit on a Command Center Console?

Posted by Megan Yartz on Apr 12, 2018 10:27:41 AM

pondering simon rex GIF by Simon Rex  Dirt Nasty-downsizedWith the continuous trend of increasing monitor sizes, a question we are frequently asked is "how many monitors can fit on a row of a command center console?" In command centers, control rooms, and surveillance areas, monitor wall visibility is often critical for an operator’s performance, so you want to try to find the most ideal setup for viewing performance. So, what is the right amount of monitors? It depends on several things.

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Topics: Security Console Furniture, Ergonomics, Command Center Console Furniture, Eye Strain, Workstation Planning, Operation Centers, Command & Control

3 Reasons Why Your Height Adjustable Desk Could Be Giving You A Headache

Posted by Maria Teruel on May 12, 2016 9:37:54 AM

Headache.jpgIt's no secret that dispatching is a stressful job. I can just imagine the stress felt in heat of the call, the moment of panic, and the adrenaline rush. Stress alone can be the culprit for causing headaches, but what if there are other factors contributing to your pain that you haven't considered? And no, I'm not talking about that annoying coworker or the funky smells coming from the shared refrigerator. Here are three ways that you can be misusing your height adjustable desk that could be adding to headaches:

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Topics: Height Adjustable Workstations, Ergonomics, Eye Strain

Eye Strain in the Reading Room

Posted by Mike Graham on Mar 20, 2016 10:00:00 AM

Eye_Strain.jpgYour eyes are precious and extremely valuable, so it makes sense to take safety precautions when you engage in activities that could potentially damage them. For example, when you play racket ball, use a weed wacker, or operate a grinder, you most likely use eye protection.

That being said, what do you do to protect your eyes in the reading room? I know that there isn’t any flying debris or any balls that could assault or damage your eyes in the confines of your dark reading room. However, at the end of the day, are your eyes tired and watering, and/or do you have a headache?  

If your answer is yes, please read on.  

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Topics: PACS Radiology Workstation Furniture, Eye Strain, Healthcare Command Center, Healthcare, Radiology

Monitor Distance and Viewing Angles: Is Your Imaging Desk Set Up Properly?

Posted by Mike Graham on May 8, 2015 3:47:00 PM

Too_CloseIt is a known fact that the optimum monitor placement would locate users monitors equal distance from the user’s eyes in order to minimize the need for the eyes to refocus when looking from screen to screen, thus reducing eye strain. 

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Topics: Ergonomics, PACS Radiology Workstation Furniture, Eye Strain, Imaging Desks, Healthcare Command Center, Healthcare, Radiology

Do You See What I See? The Best Way to Achieve Proper Focal Depth

Posted by Doug Herman on Apr 14, 2015 2:16:58 PM

EyeSight2A friend at a communication center in San Diego recently told Xybix that he’s been working with monitors he cannot move. I asked if I could take pictures of a gentleman’s “system” and he was kind enough to let me. I mean hey, it’s not his fault; if you don’t have the tools at your disposal to be able to see what’s on the monitor, what are you supposed to do?

Focal depth is how far your monitor is from your eyes. The adjustment of that depth  or focal depth adjustment, allows you to move those monitors nearer or farther from your eyes to better see the screens. It is not a fancy add-on for your workstation. It’s not a luxury. Really, it’s about being able to see what your screen projects. If you have to look at those screens for 10 to 12 hours, doesn’t it make sense that you find a way to do so without stressing your eyes?

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Topics: Monitors, Eye Strain

Am I Bias about Bias Lighting. Maybe.

Posted by Kathleen Utley on Sep 11, 2014 2:24:00 PM

Bias Lighting ExampleI’m always shocked by the number of dispatchers I talk to who have never heard of bias lighting. Typically, when I demo this feature on a workstation, I tend to get quite a few “oohhs” and “aahhs” (a similar reaction to watching a fireworks display). But, not everyone has the opportunity to see this feature live during a product demo, and so for those individuals, this blog is for you.

Bias lighting is, in the simplest terms, backlighting. Backlighting emits a soft white glow behind your computer monitor(s). You might have seen similar techniques deployed on furniture displays at your local IKEA. Yes, it seems as though backlighting is catching on in many industries — and for good reason. So why am I bias about bias lighting and why should some such as a 911 dispatcher care? Two very important answers come to mind:

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Topics: Lighting, Eye Strain

The Best Way to Optimize Your Computer Monitor and Prevent Eye Strain

Posted by Guest Blogger on Jul 16, 2014 10:09:40 AM

EyeStrainIn the 24/7 work environment of 911 dispatchers and emergency operators, comfort is key — especially when it comes to your computer screen. Long hours spent staring at a monitor can wreak havoc on the eyes, causing eye strain and overall fatigue. But there are ways to optimize the placement and resolution of your computer monitor to create a more ergonomically pleasing picture. Here are two steps to get started:

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Topics: Eye Strain