Office Chairs

Ergonomics And Office Chairs

In order to understand what ergonomics means, we can refer to Webster; ergon is Greek for work and nomos means law. Ergonomics - is the applied science concerned with the designing and arranging of people and items, so that the individuals and items interact safely and efficiently. This is also termed as human engineering. What is left to understand is how ergonomics is related to office chairs and our everyday lives. Most people have heard of the term and have an idea that it is an important aspect of office life but may not understand the details regarding it.

Ergonomics and office chairs can be simply understood by facts that define improved health through better body posture. Just like you cannot put an adult in a kindergarten chair, a child would not be comfortable in a chair too large for his frame. It is a proven fact that offices and work places with established ergonomics have reduced absenteeism. It reduces stress, fatigue and eyestrain as well as headaches, neck problems, blurred vision and back aches. All these conditions are a result of improper body posture and inadequate reading conditions. Ergonomics aid offices to change office chairs, postures and support systems for employees by preventing damage while working. Though most companies were hesitant in changing what they had been doing for years without a hitch, the gradual introduction of office ergonomics has drastically changed the working conditions of employees.

A simple change like well supporting office chairs can make a major change for the physical and mental well being of workers. Besides feeling less helpless due to constant squirming in ill-fitting office chairs, it can even help reduce the instances of conditions like Repetitive Strain Injuries and Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. Ensuring the health and safety of your employees will not only allow you to maintain a greater work force with fewer sick days but will also boost the morale of employees, enabling them to work harder and longer. While changing your office chairs keep in mind the following tips to ensure safety:

While assembling new office chairs follow instructions closely. It may not be an easy task assembling ergonomically designed office chairs, if need be ask a store representative for professional help.

Special care needs to be taken while fitting in the wheels or the casters of office chairs. These must fit properly to the base of the chair for safety! If available purchase only 5-legged based chairs, these are stable and durable.

Since with the new ergonomically designed office chairs, there are a number of adjustable parts, you need to make sure they are in good condition every once in a while. Chairs with adjustable back rest, elbow rest and other similar components must be checked every six months to make sure they are properly tightened and there are no missing parts.

Some of us are in the habit of rocking while we work at home or at work. While at home we may have a rocker, the casters of office chairs are easily damaged. If you get them off the floor while rocking the chair, there is risk of them getting damaged and of course you falling off too as they are designed to work at a certain angle. Use office chairs with a tilt function and rock to your heart's content!

In order to easily move around the office chairs, they come attached with casters unlike our dining chairs. These however come specifically designed for different surfaces, usually for carpeted floors. In case your office floor is tiled, ask for casters designed for tiled floors since the standard is designed for carpeted floors. Though there are casters made for both carpeted and hard surfaces and for the combination of both as well.

Though any injuries caused due to office chairs are minor and easily treated, it is essential to take precautions to avoid them in all cases. Office chairs and safety are not commonly associated and a few precautions will make sure of it for you. You want to make sure you have a policy of safety within the work place so it is important for employees to know and understand what is and is not appropriate behavior while sitting at their desk.