A soft-edged worksurface reduces the risk of injury and can help people feel better while they work. Recent research confirmed that soft edges on worksurfaces ease pressure on the forearms by distributing the load over a larger, more compliant surface. That’s good for arteries, tendons and nerves – and can positively affect mindsets, too. Steelcase commissioned a study at the University of Washington in 2012. Researchers there confirmed that resting forearms on a hard-edged surface creates pressure “hot spots”, presenting potential risks for harm.

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