Anthropometry refers to the measurement of the human individual, which is an important part of ergonomics. With the aim of defining standards for work station dimensions, researchers have collected statistical data about 56 different measurements of the human body. Definitions cannot only be based on one single measurement, such as for example the height, as every individual person has different proportions. Just think of people with an extremely long or short torso. Average values do not make all that much sense in most cases, as this renders a high percentage of solutions useless for half of the shorter or half of the taller population. Keeping this in mind, individual adjustment is no luxury but, a preventive health necessity from both a medical and entrepreneurial point of view.
Size, dimensions and key characteristics
When looking for a reasonable height for an office work station, average values are problematic:
50 % of the smaller staff will need a footrest and for 50 % of the taller employees, a desk height of 72 cm is bad for their back as they will probably have to work in a slumped position. To get better results, fixed-height desks should be replaced with sit-stand systems.