Height adjustable workstations are helpful but not required. Although they make it easier to make positional changes, height adjustable workstations are not the only option.
Staff/faculty members are encouraged to get up once or twice per hour to incorporate movement throughout the day, as is appropriate for their personal, medical and work circumstances (e.g. going for a walk at lunch, taking the stairs, holding walking meetings, parking further away for additional walking, walking to a further bus stop, etc.)
Staff and Faculty members including Managers, Directors and Heads of Departments are encouraged to join us for our monthly Introductions to Sit-Stand Desks workshops and review our purchasing guidelines for information on different types of sit-stand desks and platforms.
This document serves as a framework pertaining to the purchase of height adjustable workstations.
Level 1. Medical accommodations
Please see the sit-stand desks requests for medical reasons for more information.
Level 2. New Designs and purchases
Height adjustable workstations make it easier for staff/faculty to correctly position themselves when seated (i.e. minimize the need for footrests and keyboard trays), promote positional change between sitting and standing and reduce the cost of retrofits for medical accommodation. Including height adjustable workstations in the design phase is the most cost effective way to implement ergonomic solutions.
Level 3. Higher risk jobs
Jobs that prevent staff/faculty from getting up, even briefly, at least once per hour and/or require long working hours, or, jobs that require seated staff/faculty to frequently interact with standing guest/customers are at higher risk for musculoskeletal injury (MSI).
Implementing height adjustable workstations is one option to reduce the MSI risk. Departments could also consider implementing other design or administrative controls to increase movement (e.g., rotate tasks/micro-breaks), reduce hours worked and/or improve positioning if height adjustable workstations are not feasible.
Level 4. Shared workstations
Shared workstations require greater adjustability to accommodate the varying sizes and proportions of staff/faculty using the workstation. Additionally, providing height adjustable workstations at shared workstations is a cost effective option that provides more staff with access, particularly in situations where individual desks cannot be replaced en masse.
Level 5. Individual workstations
It is important for staff/faculty to make positional changes throughout the day. When feasible and appropriate, departments may install height adjustable workstations on an individual basis to make it easier to make these positional changes.