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OSHA Proper Bench Working Height

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The Occupational Health and Safety Administration, or OSHA, establishes guidelines for work bench height to protect employee health. When set-up is done properly, the employee can work without having to stay in the same position for too long.

The Hazards

Workers who sit at a poorly designed workbench may spend most of their time bent over while working. This can lead to back pain, spine problems and a decrease in physical health. This is why having the workbench set a comfortable height for the employee can help to reduce these problems.


The workbench area should be set at a level at which a person can remain in a comfortable, upright position. Storage containers on the bench should be at an angle that allows easy access to supplies. Workers should not have to bend the upper portion of the back in order to constantly retrieve items.

Other Considerations

The platform where the work is done should be set at chest level. When workers' heights vary, an adjustable stool or chair should be provided. The chair should also have adequate support for the worker's back while sitting. Workers should also be given training related to preventing injuries and proper work positions.


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