The European directive 2008/98/EC establishes a legal framework for treating waste in the EU, emphasising the importance of proper waste management. EU countries had to incorporate it into their national law by 12 December 2010. In France the application decree 2016-288 dated 10 March 2016 makes on-site recycling gradually compulsory for non-hazardous waste from July 2016 on.
Early in the 90's, Manade has set the path for waste collection directly at the workstation: the range TRIBU consists of bins in sevaral sizes that can be combined together. Building on a huge success among users, Manade decided to adapt it as a system to be screwed under the desk to save space and make room cleaning easier: TOTRIB. Recently TRIBU has also been designed in an eco-friendly cardboard version. The latest PICK'UP range consistning oflarge-sized modules brings a further dimension for the implementation of waste collecting zones.
Workstation: practical organisation
A place for everything, each thing has its own place: making daily life easier by optimising desk organisation for more comfort, more efficiency... and less stress.
Very early on, Manade developed the 3rd level concept based on the craftsman's bench. This frees space on the worktop to provide flexible storage space, adapted to needs. The SURF, DUALIS and NEW WAVE ranges fit into this approach in synergy with the NEW PORT and ISOLA toolbars and partition ranges. 3rd level adaptations of desk lamps and screen supports enrich the concept.
SCREEN WORK: PREVENTING MSDs*
An increasing number of users suffer from backache and eye strain, caused by bad posture in front of their computer screen. As well as furniture (desk and seat) adapted to the physical characteristics of the user, an articulated monitor arm can reduce these disorders.
Some basic principles to follow:
- Eye-screen distance between 50 and 70 cm
- Upper edge of the screen at eye level.
- Avoid direct light on the screen, a source of glare.
PLUG & PLAY by MANADE offers all adjustment possibilities (height, depth, rotation) for optimal positioning of the screen. Intuitive operation and the flexibility of the mechanism encourage users to work ergonomically. They will not hesitate to adjust the positioning of the display according to their needs and activity, as many times as necessary.
LIGHTING: THE RIGHT LIGHT IN THE RIGHT PLACE AT THE RIGHT TIME
Lighting of premises should be designed to avoid any eye strain. It must therefore firstly be adapted to the type of work and secondly to the specific needs of each fellow worker (according to age, visual acuity, etc.), and finally, to pre-existing ambient lighting (natural and artificial)
A few basic principles:
- A luminance ratio between the lighting of the general area and the work area < 5.
- The workstation should have a minimum intensity of 500 lux for administrative work and 300 lux for work on screen. Ideally, it should be possible to vary the intensity according to needs.
- Prefer lighting with anti-glare devices: anti-glare diffusers for fluorescent tubes and lenses for LED lighting.
- Prefer lighting in warm tones (between 3000°K and 4000°K) and a colour rendering index > 80.
For screen work, here are some additional recommendations:
- Prefer lamps with articulated arm and / or asymmetric lighting to direct the light output as needed.
- Avoid direct light at an angle of 30° above the eyes.
- Focus on rows of lamps around workstations instead of overhead lighting over them.
Manade offers a complete range of lamps, for each use: floor lamps, library lamps, desk lamps...
A pioneer in the design of double and triple angled fluorescent lamps, Manade continues to develop innovative lighting solutions at the cutting-edge of the latest technologies: dimmable LED source for fine adjustment of intensity, presence detector and, on the SILHOUETTE ERC, adaptation of intensity depending on the background lighting for very comfortable use.
SEPARATION OF SPACE AND ACOUSTICS: ORCHESTRATE LIFE IN THE OFFICE
The generalisation of open-spaces and shared offices generates noise that can cause stress and difficulty concentrating. To correct this, it is necessary to organise spaces according to the types of work and noise levels tolerated by the activity. The acceptable level of background noise in offices must not exceed 60 dB. Conversely, an excessively hushed atmosphere could slow down the work momentum. Everything is a question of balance... good acoustic correction combines both absorption and insulation properties.
An absorbent wall traps sound and reduces its reflection. In other words, the aim is to limit the effects of resonance and muffle noise. Absorption is measured using the alpha-sabine factor. A factor of 1 indicates that all sound energy emitted is absorbed. A factor of 0 indicates that all sound energy emitted is reflected (no absorption).
The use of acoustic absorbent material to reduce reverberation time, i.e. the time that elapses between the moment noise stops and when acoustic intensity decreases by 60 decibels (dB).
An insulating wall prevents noise transmission from one office to the other. The index of acoustic attenuation is measured in decibels (dB). It varies depending on the frequency of sound that measures the number of vibrations per second (slow vibrations for low-pitched sounds, rapid vibrations for high-pitched sounds). In offices, it is usually between 800 and 4000 hertz.
A few basic principles for good acoustic correction:
- Correct as close as possible to the source of noise.
- Distribute acoustic surfaces evenly.
- Adapt the correction to the premises: if a good absorption factor is required in an open-space, an excessively high factor in a meeting room can affect the clarity of the speaker.
Manade offers a complete range of separating screens and partitions in melamine and acoustic fabric to create landscaped work areas.
COMBINE THE USEFUL AND THE BEAUTIFUL: COLOUR COMES INTO THE OFFICE
The work of many ergonomics experts points to the functional importance of colour. While creating an atmosphere, it also produces a psychological effect. It is widely accepted that certain colours tend to be dynamic (orange, yellow) and others are relaxing (green, blue). But beyond the general theory, we each develop subjective and personal affinities with colours.
Adding colour to an office means creating a specific environment within a collective space, a pleasant and balanced setting conducive to efficiency at work.
MANADE offers a palette of vibrant colours for fun and creative adaptations of office space.