Case Study
Workplace design for a school secretary who is a wheelchair user


The employer is a school.

Disability and functional limitation of the employee:

The woman has a cervical spine syndrome and a disease of the hip joint. It is dependent for longer distances on the use of a wheelchair. For short distances, for example, directly at the workplace, they nutz crutches. Your grasping space is restricted by the use of a wheelchair and they should not be used for activities that require taking static postures. The degree of handicap (degree of disability) of the woman is 70 Your severely handicapped carries the frontlets G.

Training and job:

The woman is a trained hotel management. She works as a secretary at her employer.

Workplace and duties (actual status):

The employee is typical secretarial work, such as Typing, busy. On her screen workstation you stand: - A non-height-adjustable work table, - A unergonomic office swivel chair, - A PC with the big-screen and mouse - A conventional telephone available. The existing workstation equipment does not allow for dynamic sitting and no change between standing or sitting posture. In the office so far a smooth floor lay with part of a stretch in addition launched the carpet, leading to an increased risk of tripping.

Workplace and duties (desired status):

To allow a change between sitting and standing posture and avoid a fall following tools were used: - A height-adjustable work table (can be run as needed with a wheelchair), - An ergonomic office swivel chair with arm rests, - Roll container, - A cordless phone and - A continuous and non-slip carpet flooring.

work environment:

The Secretariat door is locked at certain times, so a door intercom system was installed with bell in front of the Secretariat door. The door can be opened from the workplace through a door opener. The ladies room was equipped in the first cabin with exterior door charge and Paniköffner. Furthermore, established for the use of the wheelchair open spaces next to the toilet, grab bars as transit station or moving aid from the wheelchair to the toilet, under mobile sink in limited grasping space and an emergency call system to the ladies room or installed.

Assistive devices used:

ISO 09 12 06 toilets ISO 09 33 15 washbasin ISO 09 45 09 mirror ISO 12 03 06 Crutches ISO 12 22 03 bimanual handrim-drive wheelchairs ISO 18 10 15 leg and footrests ISO 18 18 06 permanently mounted handle bars and support handles ISO 18 21 03 openers and closers ISO 22 24 03 landline phones (cordless phones) ISO 22 28 09 Intercoms ISO 22 27 18 personal emergency call systems ISO 28 03 03 Work Tables ISO 28 03 09 work and office chairs

Further Information

The disability-friendly design was sponsored by the Office integration. In REHADAT you will also find the addresses and telephone numbers of the offices for integration.

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Last Update: 25 Mar 2009