The back-friendly workplace

A certified concept of the Aktion Gesunder Rücken eV

They are the backbone of the German economy, the guarantor of our prosperity and our success: around 5.3 million people in Germany work in industrial jobs. Such an area of ​​activity poses a particular challenge in terms of ergonomics. Workplace mats, worktable systems, work chairs, lighting and tools should meet certain requirements in order to ensure physical health, mental freshness and, last but not least, social satisfaction. 

AGR seal of approval

The clever capital investment

An ergonomically well thought-out commercial workplace is a pretty clever investment: it avoids work-related illnesses, reduces absenteeism and increases the efficiency and motivation of employees.

An AGR-certified industrial workplace refers to a workplace in industry that meets the requirements of the AGR (Aktion Gesunder Rücken eV). In order to receive AGR certification for an industrial workplace , certain ergonomic criteria must be met , aimed at reducing back pain and musculoskeletal disorders in workers . Here are some characteristics and requirements for an AGR certified industrial workplace:

  1. Ergonomic workplace design: The workplace must be designed in such a way that it meets the individual needs and requirements of the employees. This includes, among other things, the correct height and arrangement of the work table, the adjustability of chairs and monitors and the provision of ergonomic aids such as footrests or ergonomic mouse and keyboard.
  2. Promotion of physical activity: Opportunities should be created to enable regular physical activity in the workplace. This can be achieved, for example, with standing aids, standing desks or the integration of active seating options such as a sitting ball or a saddle chair. The aim is to avoid prolonged sitting and to promote an active posture.
  3. Training and awareness: Employees should be informed about the importance of back-friendly workplace design and trained in ergonomic practices. This includes, for example, correct lifting and carrying of loads, correct posture and ergonomics in the workplace.
  4. Regular review and adjustment: An AGR certified industrial workplace requires regular review to ensure ergonomic standards are being met. Mechanisms should be in place to respond appropriately to changes or specific employee needs.

The AGR certification for industrial workplaces is a seal of quality that supports companies in creating healthy working conditions and promoting the health and well-being of their employees. It serves as a guide for the ergonomic design of workplaces and can help to reduce back problems and the associated downtime

Work smarter, not harder!

An excerpt from the workshop of the Aktion Gesunder Rücken (AGR) eV on "Efficient production processes and ergonomic workplace design". 

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