Is your organization aware of the new Csa standard Z412-17 for office ergonomics? Take a look below to review some of the changes.
The CSA Standard for Office Ergonomics has changed. It is no longer a guideline.
If you are in a position of Health, Safety, Ergonomics, Procurement, Design/Build and Operations/Facilities of office work spaces we encourage you to review this document.
Released in December 2017 and with the inclusion of the mandatory “shall” requirements makes it possible for provincial health and safety agencies to adopt Z412-17 as a standard for compliance.
A Few Highlights of Z412-17 include:
5.3.1 Stages in the Design of Work Systems
The organization shall apply ergonomics at ALL stages in the design of work systems including planning and anticipation; detailed design process; installation and training . Persons competent in ergonomics (such as Certified Ergonomists or CCPE designation in Canada) shall be involved in ALL stages of Design.
The organization shall establish a process to evaluate furniture, accessories, equipment, other products, supplies, raw materials, and services to be procured in order to identify and eliminate potential hazards; to control risk before the items to be procured are brought into the workplace.
A.188.8.131.52 Chair Armrests (pad/cap)
The length, width, and positioning of the armrests shall allow users to support their forearms properly while sitting close enough to the work surface to perform their tasks and shall not be a source of contact stress.
A 3.3.3 Minimum Height for adjustable Sit/Stand Desks/Tables
Support surface height, if adjustable, must go as low as 22.6”H. What this means is if your smaller employee is sitting at a desk set at 29”H and you are considering procuring a desk top style “sit/stand” product ,that is all the rage currently, although offering a standing option, this style of product will continue to leave the seated working heights for typing/mouse tasks too high. Placing a sit/stand unit on top of a typical desk does not meet the standard. Ergonomic risks remain.
A.2.5 Education and Training
The organization shall provide education about the important role that workstation selection and layout play in contributing to health, well-being, and productivity. The education and training program shall include the following: awareness of appropriate working heights and reach zones for placement of equipment and materials importance of movement through multiple postures throughout the work day; awareness of all adjustments/controls and how to use them; and potential health risks related to technology use and/or improper adjustment.
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