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Ergonomics: visual and physical

Ergonomics: visual and physical

Intent: 

To reduce physical strain and maximize ergonomic comfort and safety.

Yes, all employees who occupy the building would need to be counted as part of this feature's scope. See more information about the scope of organizational protocols on page 15 of the WELL Building Standard.

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.

Yes, standing/adjustable breakout tables​ can be included in the calculation of adjustable height desk.

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, but must be include a depth of 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.

Only offering sit-stand desks upon request does not meet the requirement, as this feature requires that 30% of workstations allow occupants to switch between sitting and standing during the workday. If through this initial policy, at least 30% of people gain access to a sit-stand workstation, then the requirements would be met. Additionally, if an alternative means of meeting the Feature intent is being pursued, the project can submit an Alternative Adherence Path for formal, project specific review.

Yes, there is flexibility in terms of the types of equipment that can be used to make a computer screen height-adjustable.