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7 July 2015

Motus Sit-Stand Desk

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We have spent a long time looking for a desk which offers manufacturing excellence, great flexibility and design at an attractive price. We are delighted to introduce the Motus range. It is ideally suited to many applications such as home use, office, call centre or hot-desking.  The standard specification includes a steel, height-adjustable frame, choice of top width between 1200mm-1800mm and programmable memory control. The memory control is a unique feature at this price. A 1600mm x 800mm desk, for example, is just £495 + VAT.

What is the advantage of a memory control? The obvious application would be in hot-desking or co-working applications, where preferences can be set for different tasks or activities. The memory settings could equally be used by a single user. Research suggests that behaviour change is much more likely where the process is made easy and the ability to harness pre-set options is a powerful motivator for people to adopt better postures. Rather like cruise-control on a car, you may not appreciate the benefit until you have it, but then you will never want to be without it.

The frame design on the Motus is another benefit. It is width-adjustable, which gives great stability to the larger top sizes, as overhang is reduced. The I shaped frame means that with a larger top, the Motus could be used as a sitting or standing meeting table.

The desk adjusts from 625mmm-1245mm in height. It has a lower setting than the European standard of 650mm, making it ideal for the smallest population centiles and for wheelchair users. Additionally, the shape of the frame will not impede leg room ­ important when considering wheelchair users or people who are taller than average.

Anti-collision technology ensures that, When adjusting the height of the desk, it will stop moving if it encounters an obstacle either above or below it.

Finally, in order to gain maximum benefit of the desk, it is imperative to have trained engineers install the desk. Guy Osmond, Managing Director explains:

"Evidence from the U.S., where employers have been quicker to install sit-stand desks, suggests that successful implementation is far from a foregone conclusion. Training is necessary to understand the best postures and practices. Users need to understand how to adjust the desk, why they should be doing so and what a good set-up looks and feels like. Otherwise, there is a strong chance that the varied use will be abandoned and it will soon revert to an unnecessarily expensive sitting desk."

For further information, please contact Customer Services on 0345 345 0898.

 

27 February 2015

TabletRiser designed to combat increasing user problems.

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According to a recent Ofcom study, more than 44% of households own a tablet. Approximately six million devices were sold in the UK last year alone and the average UK adult spends longer using media communications (11 hours) per day than sleeping (8 hours 21 minutes).

Whilst these devices are lightweight and easy to carry around, they are generally appalling from an ergonomics point of view. This makes them less than ideal for hours of work and typing. It is perhaps hardly surprising that many users are experiencing pain, and that musculo-skeletal disorders are on the rise. With this in mind, leading ergonomics specialist, Bakker Elkuizen has launched the TabletRiser.

The TabletRiser combines a sturdy but lightweight carry case (with enough room for a separate mini-keyboard) and a riser for the tablet. It will accommodate all brands of tablets from 9.7”-12.2”. A cutting-edge suction pad holds the tablet securely without damaging it. It can be removed and re-attached as required. The tablet can be rotated through 360° and stepless height-adjustment means the tablet can be positioned in exactly the right place for the user to work in comfort.

Peter Verdegaal of Bakker Elkhuizen has provided relevant training to all Osmond Ergonomics staff in Ferndown, reflecting the importance of this product launch.

Quote from Peter Verdegaal:

"The tablet is no longer simply a new gadget, as professional use of this technology is becoming a global trend. More organisations are recognising the advantages of equipping their employees with this convenient device, and as a result, the tablet or iPad is being used much more intensively.
Our recently released whitepaper* shows that while ergonomics were never considered for these tasks long-term, the right accessories can prevent the physical strain caused by poor posture associated with tablet use."

Managing Director, Guy Osmond says:

"We have been eagerly anticipating the launch of this product, which will help to improve the posture of tablet users. The Tablet Riser will be available in March and pre-orders will benefit from a 25% discount"

For further information contact Customer Services tel: 0345 345 0898. Email

*The whitepaper is available on request. Please contact

 

10 December 2014

DXT - The world's first truly ambidextrous mouse gets an upgrade

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Since its launch in 2011, the DXT mouse has proved to be our most popular mouse. Designed by a team consisting of an ergonomist and a physiotherapist, the unique fingertip-hold and high precision has made it a hit with everyone from architects and designers to gamers and students and everyone in between. It is compact enough to be used with a laptop but is still suitable for most hand sizes. A choice of wired or wireless variants is available and it can be instantly switched from left- to right-hand use with the touch of a button.

The mouse has just been given an upgrade, with a zinc base plate providing increased stability. The resolution has been increased, so there is now the ability to change the dpi between 500, 1000, 1500 and 2000 dpi. This means it is possible to move the cursor smoothly across the screen without having to move the mouse across the whole desk. It also makes the DXT mouse ideal for dual-screen users.

The wireless version is charged via a micro USB dongle, is quick to charge (one and a half hours) and a full charge will allow two to three weeks of use. A thirty second charge will give two hours' use. The mouse can be used whilst it is being charged, causing no loss of productivity. An on/off button conserves the charge when not in use.

Both versions are ‘plug and play’, meaning they can be used straight away, without the need for additional drivers or software to be installed. A twelve-month warranty ensures complete peace of mind.

6 January 2014

Investors in People Accreditation ­ - Going for Gold

We have held Investors in People accreditation since December 2005. Following an extensive review of the culture and development of the business, we made a unanimous decision to seek Gold Standard certification. This involved meeting or exceeding 165 evidence criteria; including learning and development, leadership skills and staff recognition, amongst others.

      

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There were many reasons to “Go for Gold”, one of which was to ensure that the aims and ambitions of the company are understood, embraced and adopted throughout the entire organisation. Investors in People is much more than just a “plaque on the wall”. It is a business improvement tool designed to enhance an organisation’s growth through its workforce. The process is not limited to the evaluation of performance. It provides an ongoing framework, encouraging personnel to explore feedback and develop long-term strategies.

Managing Director, Guy Osmond says:

“We have always held our people in high regard and are committed to their growth and development. Our Core Values of ‘Inspired’, ‘Accomplished’ and ‘Transparent’ are at the heart of everything we do. For us, accreditation is a quantifiable measure of the principles we live and breathe. We also welcomed the challenge, knowing that fewer than 700 UK organisations have achieved the Gold standard.

“Investors in People recognises the culture that is core to our business.  We pride ourselves on knowledge and innovation and the holistic development of our people is a central theme. Ultimately, my role is simply to provide strategy and direction. It is the quality of the whole team and the way in which they collaborate that sustains our outstanding levels of customer service.

“Attaining Investors in People Gold is an outstanding achievement. In fact, we satisfied 179 out of a maximum 189 evidence requirements. I am exceptionally proud of the ongoing commitment of all my colleagues to sustain the beliefs, culture and practices that make us unique”.

John Telfer, Managing Director of Investors in People South, said:

“The current economic climate makes it even more important that an organisation adapts to survive. Osmond Group Limited is a shining example that proves organisations can achieve great things during challenging times.

“Being recognised as an Investor in People is becoming increasingly important, and the higher the level of accreditation, the better it reflects on your organisation to potential employees, investors and customers. Osmond Group Limited should be extremely proud of their achievement.”

20 November 2013

UltraStand  - Tailoring for laptops

Conventional wisdom dictates that most companies change their employees’ laptops every three or four years. With so many workers using laptops for work, such use is likely to fall under the  Health and Safety (DSE) Regulations 1992.* With that in mind, a new, bespoke product from Osmond Ergonomics in the UK is likely to be of great interest to I.T. Managers and Facilities Managers alike.

The UltraStand is an integrated laptop stand which is wafer thin and, at only 250g, exceptionally light. The bespoke design can be configured to suit virtually any laptop model; accessories such as docking stations can be accommodated too, if required.

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Guy Osmond, Managing Director says:

“Each variant is designed for a specific computer model and, whilst this means that it is only appropriate for project purchases, the integrated design and unprecedented ease of use ensure that every laptop user actually wants to use the stand as well.”

It creates a win-win solution. Managers know that the stand will be tailored to their company’s specifications and, when used with a separate keyboard and mouse, the stands are fully compliant with DSE regulations. It is also possible to separate the laptop and stand, at any time, without causing marks or damage to the computer. From the user’s point of view, the product looks good, is light and highly portable and keeping it attached to the laptop gives the user one less thing to carry.”

 

If you would like to discuss your company’s requirements, or would simply like to know more, please contact the Customer Service team at Osmond Ergonomics on 0345 345 0898, email or view the product video at http://bit.ly/u-stand.

*Health and Safety (Display Screen Equipment) Regulations 1992 as amended by the Health and Safety (Miscellaneous Amendments) Regulations 2002.

 

19 September 2013

What Can Psychometrics Tell Us About Sitting Posture?

This new line of thought is being explored and discussed by Osmond Ergonomics at the Workplace Ergonomics and Productivity Exhibition & Conference on October 1st-2nd, 2013 at Ibis Earl's Court, London. We shall be on stand 42, opposite the visitor entrance.

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Recent work at BMA Ergonomics in the Netherlands indicates that the way people sit and use their chair in the office may be anticipated according to their personality. At the moment, this is only a theory and plans for formal research are currently being explored. You can find further information here.

At the exhibition, Osmond will be demonstrating a relatively "blunt" tool for the assessment of behavioural preference and using it as a context for formulating posture and ergonomics training. Such an assessment points to an individual's preferred learning style which, combined with knowing likely sitting behaviour, creates a framework on which to base such training.

Under the heading "What colour are you?", Osmond will be inviting exhibition visitors to complete the two minute screening process and explore the potential of this process for individuals and employers.

 




19 July 2013

Onsite Training Services

In the current economic climate, it can be tempting for organisations to cut training budgets. Certainly, many employers will need to stretch available funds. Osmond Ergonomics has created an innovative solution. A privately owned company since 1962, Osmond has been solving Ergonomics, Occupational Health and Health & Safety problems for over 20 years.

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Guy Osmond, Managing Director, asks:

“Do you need to stretch your Health & Safety training budget? Our new on-site training service offers a range of one hour ergonomics-related modules which we can deliver at your own premises. We already have more than 10 standard topics with more on the way. These cover issues such as chairs and seating, input devices, home-working and productivity. Often, these will be completely free to larger employers. Bespoke programmes are available on request, and may also be delivered free of charge, if we feel we can use them again.”

 

 

Training modules are developed and delivered by Training Manager, Stuart Entwistle. He joined the company in 2001 and his wealth of knowledge and experience comes from periods working in installations, customer service and sales before taking up his new role.  He has carried out over 3,000 individual DSE assessments and has also added vehicle assessments to his portfolio. He is an expert in specifying suitable adjustments and equipment to help improve wellbeing and reduce workplace absenteeism.

He says:

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One of our Business Partners said:

I have always found [The Team] at Osmond incredibly helpful and flexible when we have used them to support the learning programmes we deliver and for equipment provision in complex work rehabilitation cases. Their product knowledge is exemplary and there is always a different view or solution to be considered. Engaging with Osmond Group Ltd will benefit the ergonomics solutions in your office and work.

If you would like to take advantage of this expertise, or would simply like to discuss your requirements, please contact the Customer Service team at Osmond Ergonomics on 0345 345 0898 or email

You can also download the Training Service brochure at bit.ly/OsErgTraining

 

29 January 2013

Sitting or standing?  How to achieve a happy medium for your employees and your news-press-releasebusiness

Recent publicity surrounding sedentary lifestyles detailed how sitting at work all day can have a negative impact on our health, stating also that changing positions throughout the day burns calories.  In response, interest in sit-stand desks is growing, but how do you know what solution is best for your employees in your business?

Further to recent publicity, interest is now growing in electrically adjustable sit-stand desks, with the aim of providing frequent posture changes for a healthier and more comfortable range of positions for employees.  However, sit-stand desks are not suitable for all working environments.

Guy Osmond, Managing Director of Osmond Ergonomics, explains:

“In an ideal world, you should not remain in one position for too long, standing or sitting.  If standing for long periods, it’s important that some of that weight is supported.  Additionally, with comfortable and correct positioning, employee productivity is increased; meaning not only is it better for your employees, but better for the efficiency of your business too”.

Guy, who has been involved in workplace ergonomics for over 20 years, continues “Accommodating both posture positions comfortably and effectively has always been a problem in the work place.  For example, working in a laboratory or museum frequently requires employees to stand for a significant amount of time throughout the day, but health wise, this has the potential to cause all sorts of musculo-skeletal problems.” 

Ergonomics is the holistic discipline of adapting environments to optimise human well-being and performance.  Guy explains “Osmond Ergonomics has the demanding task of identifying what equipment will provide the best long term solution for your employee and your business, which is a specialist skill.  For example, the new Occufit Scoop Sit-Stand Stool is perfect for the roles mentioned above as it allows workers to sit at almost-standing height for longer periods of time, so minimising any negative health implications. The key thing, when selecting the correct furniture or seating, is to focus on long term solutions with great outcomes for employees and the business.”

To find out more about how you can increase employee productivity and reduce presenteeism by providing the correct furniture, seating and accessories suited to your workplace contact www.ergonomics.co.uk

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