The requirements that apply to a work bench are first and foremost of a technical nature: The work bench has to be suitable for its purpose. It should also meet the following ergonomic requirements:
The work bench system should offer fastening options for securing all working materials. It should be possible to expand it by adding suitable uprights and overhands. Fixtures for tools or parts containers should be arranged efficiently on the work bench. They should also be sturdy enough for the purpose, but also easy to remove if fast reconfiguration is necessary. The upright and overhang offer options for attaching components to the work bench for purposes such as providing electricity and data, materials, tools, or lighting.
The work bench should be electrically height-adjustable. With an electric height adjustment system, the working position can be adjusted precisely to accommodate the specific employee’s physical proportions. Ideally, employees should be able to switch as desired between standing and seated work positions. This helps counter lopsided strain profiles and those with adverse health consequences. If having a height-adjustable workstation is not favored because of the production environment (for instance because multiple workstations are interlinked together), an appropriate height-adjustable footrest is required in addition to easy-to-use seat height adjustment.
The work bench should be available in various sizes. The optimum width and depth of the work bench, which depends on the work task and the physical space available, should be feasible with the standard dimensions offered by the manufacturer. If the standard dimensions do not fit in a certain case, the manufacturer must be willing to supply the individual dimensions requested by the customer.
The work bench surface must be adequately sturdy and resistant to mechanical strain as well as resistant to any fluids used in the process. It should also be non-reflective and able to absorb noise.
The work bench should offer adequate legroom. As a result, parts such as clamping elements in the leg area are not considered favorable.