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Lecture at The Stage: Ergonomics – at home


Even though the topic of work-life balance is much discussed, whether we need, and indeed whether we want, ergonomics in our homes is still open to debate. One of the aims of ergonomics is to produce easy-to-handle and convenient products. Another aim is to introduce ergonomic work structures which ensure efficient and error-free work and prevent damage to peoples’ health even when carrying out tasks for extended periods of time. Wait – “error-free work” and “preventing damage to health” don’t sound like the keywords for home design! In his presentation, Malte Lenkeit addresses these keywords and demonstrates why we need ergonomics in our living spaces as well as in the work place.

According to a survey carried out by TK, one of the largest German public health insurers, in 2013, every adult in Germany spends on average seven hours a day sitting down – day after day. Of the working population, every third person spends more than nine hours a day in a seated position. That includes an average of more than three hours of leisure time spent in front of the television or at the PC. Almost half of the working population spend their working day in sedentary positions. Even the short breaks for stretching one’s legs in the course of a hectic working day fall by the wayside for every second employee. So it should not come as a surprise that 80 per cent of Germans complain of back problems. Nowadays, a lot more is being done to embrace a more ergonomic work design for the daily work routine.

But how is our posture when we sit in front of the television or at the computer at home? How do we carry out tasks in the kitchen? The answers to these questions prove that there are many ways in which ergonomics can impact our private lives as well as our working lives.

These days, design and price are still the top purchase incentives but ergonomic products are attracting more and more interest among buyers which means that more and more furniture manufacturers are producing ergonomic furniture. The challenge however is to combine ergonomics with attractive design. This way, alongside its duties in the workplace, ergonomics can play an important role in the design of chairs and seating, beds and kitchen furniture in particular. Ergonomics is starting to play an important role in our home lives; having withstood the test of the workplace, ergonomics is literally moving into our homes.

Pure105_2015_Vortrag_Lenkeit_PortraitAs ergonomics advisor at Dauphin HumanDesign Group, Malte Lenkeit is responsible for individual consultation and the consistent implementation of the latest knowledge in and around ergonomics and biomechanics in modern working environments. Lenkeit’s stated goal is to raise awareness of healthy movement in the work place in interested companies and to place the human being at the centre of all plans and actions. Lenkeit brings a profound depth of sales and marketing knowledge from a variety of work functions at renowned office furniture manufacturers like Klöber and Waiko to his work at Dauphin. The well-versed industry expert and central contact at Dauphin for ergonomics has more than 20 years of experience in the office furniture market.

The lecture will take place on Friday, 23-1-2015, at 3:30 pm, at The Stage, Pure Village, hall 2.2, booth H006.

All lectures will be translated simultaneously into English.

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