Ergonomic office products from CMD—how they can benefit your workplace

Many employers have seen how poor posture can affect the health and wellbeing of people in their organisation and responded by investing in ergonomic products and furniture.

On this page, we explain what “ergonomics” is and show you CMD’s range of ergonomic products for the office.

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What does “ergonomic” mean?

Ergonomics is about considering the human form, and the way in which bodies move and function, as part of overall product design. When technology is “ergonomic”, it means it’s been designed to make sure it’s as suited as possible to:

  • the person using it
  • the environment in which it’s being used (such as an office)
  • the purpose for which it’s used

Products that aren’t ergonomic are those that don’t bear in mind the user, the working environment or the intended purpose. Rather than improve matters, these products actually increase the problems that the people using them experience—many workplace injuries are a result of poor ergonomics, for example.

Types of ergonomic office products

In the following section, we cover CMD’s range of ergonomic products, including monitor arms and cable management accessories. We also look at some of the more general products that you’ll see used across most offices.

CMD ergonomic products

Monitor arms

Also known as monitor mounts or desk mounts, you use monitor arms to keep your computer monitor or other display screen in the best possible position for your health.

In all offices, there’s a need for staff to have an ergonomic workstation—i.e. one that’s set up correctly. Part of this is making sure equipment is placed at the correct height, angle and distance for your needs.

Always position computer monitors and display screens so they are:

  • level with your eyeline—helps prevent neckache
  • around an arm’s length away from your body—helps prevent eye strain

Installing adjustable monitor arms is the best way to achieve this ideal position. They enable you to find the most comfortable angle for your screen, and help you avoid all-too-common workplace injuries and health issues associated with bad posture and awkward movement.

CMD’s range of monitor arms

CMD Reach Spring Assisted Monitor Arm

  • Single or double arm options available
  • Supplied with top-fixing C-clamp, through‑desk and grommet mount fixing kits as standard
  • Standard arm supports monitor weights between 2kg–5kg (per arm)
  • HD version product supports monitor weights between 3kg–8kg (per arm)
  • Quick-release VESA (supports VESA 75mm and 100mm)
  • 180-degree lockout option as standard
  • Folds flat into 80mm of space
  • Approved and certified by FIRA (Furniture Industry Research Association)
  • Available in three colours: silver, black and white

View the product here

CMD Cygnus Gas Assisted Monitor Arm

  • Integral gas strut counterbalances weight of screen, allowing easy adjustment
  • Supplied with C-clamp, through-desk and grommet hole fixing kits
  • Arm mechanism ensures screen remains vertical throughout any adjustment
  • Dual-position forearm can be set at 15 or 45 degrees
  • Tilt-and-rotate head features quick-release mechanism with locking feature—mount can be fitted and removed with monitors in place
  • Supports monitor weights up to 14kg
  • Quick-release VESA head—standard VESA 75/100 adaptor plate for attaching monitors
  • Folds flat into 80mm of space

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CMD Vision Heavy Duty Dual Monitor Pole Arm

  • Supplied with C-clamp, through desk and grommet mount fixing kits as standard
  • Supports monitor weights up to 8kg (per arm)
  • Design allows full 360-degree swivel movement with full head tilt
  • 330mm screen height adjustment
  • Quick-release VESA (supports VESA 75mm and 100mm)
  • Cable management clips
  • Available in three colours: silver, black and white

View the product here

CMD Vision S Pole Monitor Arm

  • Single or dual screen options available
  • Supplied with C-clamp, through desk and grommet mount fixing kits as standard
  • Supports monitor weights up to 6kg (per arm)
  • Design allows full 360-degree swivel movement with full head tilt
  • Slim 32mm pole
  • Quick-release VESA (supports VESA 75mm and 100mm)
  • Cable management clips
  • Available in three colours: silver, black and white

View the product here

Monitor arms features explained

  • Single or double arm

This refers simply to the number of screens. A single arm is for one monitor, a double arm is for two. Often, a dual-screen configuration will allow for better levels of adjustment in terms of screen height, distance and angle.

  • Fixing options

Monitor arms can be mounted to the desk in a number of ways. Generally, the accessories for each method of fixing will be provided with the product.

  • Universal C-clamp—a metal C-shaped bracket that slides onto the desk then tightens with a hand screw. This video from CMD shows how the Reach monitor arm is mounted using a top-fixing C-clamp.
  • Through-desk fixing—a small hole is drilled in the desk, a C-clamp pushed into place then tightened with a bolt from beneath the desk using an Allen key.
  • Grommet mount fixing—this allows the monitor arm to be mounted via a desk grommet.
  • VESA

The VESA Mounting Interface Standard (also known as the Flat Display Mounting Interface, or FDMI) are industry standards devised by the Video Electronics Standards Association (VESA) for mounting flatscreen monitors, TVs and other displays to stands or wall mounts.

A VESA mount has a square arrangement of screw holes positioned at a set distance from each other. These match up with the screw holes on the monitor or other product itself. Initially, the distance between the screws was set at 100mm, although there are now 75mm variants for smaller screens.

Read more about VESA on its website

  • Conforms to British Standard for ergonomics

Some monitor arms have been certified by the British Standards Institution (BSI) as having met their standards. For ergonomic products, the standard is known as BS EN ISO 9241-5:1999: Ergonomic requirements for office work with visual display terminals (VDTs). Workstation layout and postural requirements.

The purpose of the standard is to ensure monitors and other display screens can be used comfortably, without putting the user’s safety and health at risk. As part of the certification process, the products are put through rigorous tests for strength and durability. There are three levels that determine for how long the product should last without its performance being compromised in any way—these are general (10,000 rotations), heavy (20,000 rotations) and severe (50,000 rotations).

CMD’s Reach Spring Assisted Monitor Arm successfully completed 50,000 rotations when tested, which is a good indicator of its quality.

  • Gas assisted mechanism

Gas-assisted monitor arms are those that integrate a gas strut that counterbalances the weight of the screen and allows much easier adjustment.

  • Cable management

Most monitor arms incorporate some sort of cable management system to keep cables neatly hidden and out of the way.

  • 180-degree lockout

This stops the monitor arm from swinging around and hitting what’s behind it (e.g. a partition screen between workers’ desks).

CPU supports

Also known as CPU holders, CPU supports enable you to mount a PC tower under your workstation. Not only are they effective space-saving solutions, but they have other benefits too:

  • Avoid the trip hazards (and potential damage) that come with standing computer units on the office floor
  • Enable cables and wires to be moved out of the way
  • Help people with mobility problems to keep their PCs within arm’s reach at all times
  • Allow easy access to connections and ports on the backs of computers

CMD’s range of CPU supports

CMD Snug CPU Support

  • CPU sits on a metal platform and is secured in place with a heavy-duty strap
  • Fits into the standard slide and rotate mechanism (optional)
  • Easy access to all required connections
  • Suitable for a wide range of CPU sizes—maximum height 420mm, maximum width 190mm
  • Extender plate available for larger CPUs
  • Able to supports CPU weight up to 10kg
  • Load tested by FIRA (Furniture Industry Research Association)
  • Available in three colours: grey, black and white

View the product here

CMD Enclose CPU Support

  • Aluminium body clamps tightly to the top and bottom of CPU to secure it in place
  • Easy access to all required connections
  • Suitable for a wide range of CPU sizes—maximum height 380mm, maximum width 125mm
  • Able to supports CPU weight up to 8kg

View the product here

CMD Spin CPU Support

  • Comes complete with a slide and rotate mechanism, allowing leg space when in use
  • Lockable option has lockable mechanism for added security
  • Easy access to all required connections
  • Suitable for a wide range of CPU sizes—maximum height 580mm, maximum width 275mm (standard) or 230mm (lockable)
  • Supports CPU weight up to 15kg

View the product here

CMD Ladder CPU Support

  • Available as a single or double ladder unit
  • Adjustable support platform to accommodate different CPU sizes and mounting heights
  • Strap secures the CPU, allowing easy removal for servicing or replacement
  • Mounting bracket screws directly into the underside of the work surface
  • Optional slide and rotate mechanism—easy access to all required connections
  • Can be adapted to fit to beam-based furniture if required
  • Supports CPU weight up to 15kg

View the product here

Cable management

Although offices are using more and more wireless devices, avoiding cables entirely is practically impossible, necessary as they are for the power and data connections serving the workplace.

Having cables and wires running along floors and walls not only takes up space but can put employees’ safety at risk (they are probably the primary trip hazard in most offices and many other business premises!). Using simple cable management accessories can be the difference between a poorly organised office and one that’s safe, neat and committed to great ergonomics.

CMD’s range of cable management accessories

CMD Spiral Cable Spine

  • Expands from 150mm to 1300mm, making it suitable for various desk configurations
  • Easy installation with a single screwed fixing peg locating the top of the spine under the desk
  • Weighted “horseshoe”-style base with cut-out for cables to exit
  • Available in three colours: black, white and silver

View the product here

CMD Tidy Expandable Cable Spine

  • Adjustable height from 690mm to 790mm to cater for different desk heights
  • Made from a high-quality fabric, for strength and flexibility
  • Internal segregation for power and data cables
  • Zip opening—different-coloured zips are available
  • Adjustable fabric hook and loop fixing straps
  • Weighted base
  • Available in three colours: black, white and grey

View the product here

CMD Cableway Cable Spine

  • Two compartments to segregate power and data cables
  • Vertical cableway screws to underside of the desk using a top bracket (fixing kit included)
  • Horizontal cableway screws to the underside of the desk using clip-on fixing brackets (fixing kit included)
  • Weighted base for freestanding floor to desk section
  • Detachable segments for easy reconfiguration

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CMD Fusion Cable Basket

  • Low-density polypropylene-coated wire basket complete with two brackets
  • Available in five standard lengths: 800mm, 1000mm, 1200mm, 1400mm, 1600mm
  • Weight depends on length
  • Front-facing side sloped for easy access
  • Includes an earthing point

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General ergonomic products

Ergonomic chairs

The majority of office jobs are done while we sit, and being seated for most of the working day can be harmful to our physical and mental health. Ergonomic office furniture design is crucial to avoiding the health issues that come with spending lots of time in an awkward, uncomfortable sitting position.

An office chair is ergonomic when it’s absolutely right for the user in terms of:

  • their body shape and size
  • their specific workstation
  • the tasks they carry out as part of their job

There are many different types of ergonomic office chairs, but some of the more common features include:

  • arm rests
  • a back rest, with lumbar (lower back) support, for good posture
  • adjustable seat height and depth
  • a seat pan that fully supports the knees and thighs
  • a five-point base, for stability
  • a mesh back, to allow air to circulate around the back of the person seated

Ergonomic desks

Having the perfect office chair is one thing, but the benefits are lost if it’s paired with an unsuitable desk.

Generally, an ergonomic desk is one that’s highly adjustable. “Sit stand” desks are those that the user can adjust to sitting or standing height, enabling them to work while standing and avoid the health problems associated with sitting for long periods of time (such as back pain, repetitive strain injuries, obesity, diabetes and high blood pressure).

These sit-stand desks are designed to relieve musculoskeletal stress and strain by supporting the user when typing on a computer keyboard, or when moving between computer and written work.

CMD offers an Electric Sit Stand Workstation that instantly converts any desk into one that allows the user to either sit or stand. Read more about the product on this page.