TTUHSC Faculty Take a Stand for Ergonomics
Posted: Jan 22, 2015
by Renee Witherspoon, MS, CSP, CIH, CHMM, South Plains Chapter President
John Pelley, Ph.D., professor in the Department of Cell Biology and Biochemistry at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center in Lubbock Texas is taking a stand for better health and wellness through ergonomics. Last August, Dr. Pelley started utilizing a Sit/Stand Workstation, also called a Veridesk. He now touts its benefits, including improved work performance.
“The change in position seems to help focus attention to the task at hand,” Pelley said. “I am already gaining from greater comfort and I would expect that this will wind up being healthier.”
Prior to using the workstation, his neck and lower back would get stiff. He realized how easily it set in, especially while working at the computer all day. “Stiffness in my legs was also noticeable,” Pelley said. Another useful tool he now uses is a Countdown Timer. The timer downloaded to his desktop reminds him to vary his position throughout the day, seated or standing, in 30-minute intervals.
“Yes, it is versatile enough that you can sit down and work as you are used to doing whenever needed, but it adds the option of standing to create some variety during the day,” Pelley said.
He also would recommend the new workstation to a colleague if asked. He anticipates that having options for sit/stand workstations will become the norm, similar to providing a desk or computer. “People always do better when they have options over their work setting,” Pelley said.