Ergonomics: visual and physical
- 72 Accessible design
- 73 Ergonomics: visual and physical
- 74 Exterior noise intrusion
- 75 Internally generated noise
- 76 Thermal comfort
- 77 Olfactory comfort
- 78 Reverberation time
- 79 Sound masking
- 80 Sound reducing surfaces
- 81 Sound barriers
- 82 Individual thermal control
- 83 Radiant thermal comfort
- P4 Impact reducing flooring
Ergonomics: visual and physical
To reduce physical strain and maximize ergonomic comfort and safety.
#25592 - Can conference room tables and other breakout furnishings be considered workstations for the purposes of Feature 73?
In general, no. The definition of "workstation" does not include furniture in conference rooms or other breakout spaces. Project teams who wish to consider conference room furnishings or other breakout furnishings towards feature requirements may do so but must apply a consistent definition of "workstation" throughout their project. For example, if a project team uses a sit-stand workstation located in a conference room or breakout space towards Feature 73 (and/or Feature 71), they must also consider it a workstation for the purposes of Feature 54 and other features that refer to "workstations.
#24775 - The project team is only pursuing WELL Certification for a portion of the office. Does the project team need to consider all regular building occupants for the entire space within this WELL feature's scope in order to comply?
All employees within the project boundary would need to be counted as part of this feature's scope.
The owner must provide compliant workstations throughout the entire building, including all tenant spaces. Access to tenant spaces is required to conduct a spot check during Performance Verification.
#25219 - In an interiors project where occupants typically collaborate and to work together in groups at standing height tables that have shelving/cabinet space beneath them (with a flat work surface on top), are these multi-purpose tables/storage a proper standing desk?
Storage/cabinetry with a flat work surface is not considered a proper standing desk. To be considered a proper standing desk or workstation, furnishings must be primarily used for work and should have enough recessed space beneath them that occupants can stand comfortably at the workstation.
If standing desks are also are characterized as "workstations" to comply with Feature 73 (and/or Feature 71), they are also considered workstations for the purposes of Feature 53, Feature 54, Feature and Feature 57.
#25178 - Does the definition of workstations include furniture that is in conference rooms or breakout space?
No, this does not include furniture that is in the conference rooms or breakout rooms.
No, laptops do not inherently meet the part 1 Visual Ergonomics requirements. While laptops are easily moved closer or further from a user they are not vertically adjustable. Therefore, projects would need to provide furnishings/accessories that allow occupants to raise and lower their laptop to fit the user's needs.
Due to amendments made to Feature 73 language in the Q1 2018 Addenda, projects registered under earlier versions of the standard (prior to Q1 2018), can consider laptops as inherently compliant with the Part 1 requirements without the need for additional furnishings/accessories. Please reach out to our WELL coaching team through the support tab of your project dashboard for more information.
Yes, however, note that project teams must consistently apply definitions to their spaces across all features. Thus, if standing desks are also are characterized as "workstations" to comply with Feature 73 (and/or Feature 71), they are also considered workstations for the purposes of Feature 54 and other features that refer to "workstations."
#24532 - If an office that does not provide everyone a sit-stand desk but offers these desks to employees upon request, would this meet the requirement?
Please refer to the published AAP for details on how a project may provide a lower threshold of the required initial percentage of sit/stand workstations in conjunction with a future purchase commitment and an educational campaign.
#24533 - Our computer screens are not adjustable by height (Part 1). Can we provide employees access to blocks, stands, or other tools so that screens can be elevated as desired?
Yes, there is flexibility in terms of the types of equipment that can be used to make a computer screen height-adjustable.
#24535 - We recently purchased new office chairs. How can we ensure that they comply with the workstation chair height and seat depth adjustability?
This feature requires that chairs meet either the HFES 100 standard or the BIFMA G1 guidelines for seat height and depth. The HFES 100 standard states the chair height must be adjustable over a range of 11.4 cm (4.5 in), between 38 to 56 cm (15 - 22 in). The BIFMA G1 guidelines state the chair height must be adjustable between (at least) the range of 37.5 cm to 51.2 cm (14.8 to 20.2 in). HFES 100 states the chair seat depth can either be adjustable or fixed. If adjustable, the depth must be able to achieve 43 cm (16.9 in), but may extend beyond or be shortened to less than 43. cm (16.9 in). If fixed, the seat depth must be no greater than 43 cm (16.9 in). BIFMA G1 Guidelines state the chair seat depth can either be adjustable or fixed, but should include a depth of 41.5 cm (16.4 in) or less. The majority of chair specification sheets will provide this information.