What is an ergonomic chair?
Finding the right ergonomic chair is a common problem especially for people who want to purchase new equipment to make workstations safer and healthier places. There are many "ergonomic" chairs available but it can be a mistake to purchase one simply because it is labeled "ergonomic".
Ergonomic chairs are designed to suit a range of people; however, there is no guarantee that they will suit any one person in particular. For example, a chair could be too high and the arm rests too far apart for a short, slim person. In addition, chairs may not suit every task or arrangement at the workstation. A chair becomes ergonomic only when it specifically suits a worker's size (body dimensions), his or her particular workstation, and the tasks that must be performed there. It is possible to find the right chair although it is not always easy.
Why is finding the right office chair so important?
Today, in industrialized countries, many people sit for most of the time that they are awake. They sit while having breakfast, while going to work in cars or buses, in school classrooms, in meetings, in offices, during dinner, and at home while watching television. Many people also sit at work operating machines which new technology has developed to replace manual work. Although sitting requires less physical effort than standing or walking it puts a lot of stress on the lumbar area. Combined effects of a sedentary lifestyle and a job that requires sitting can lead to many health problems.
What do you need to know about selecting a good ergonomic chair?
The selection of a suitable chair is a critical step in preventing health problems in people who work in a sitting position. With the ergonomics approach, sitting is viewed as a specific, specialized activity which is influenced by the way that a sitting person interacts with the working environment.
Few ergonomic office chair concepts to consider:
One chair does not fit everyone. The users' body dimensions must be used when selecting a chair so that it does not strain one part of the body while fitting another.
Collect data about the user's body height. The optimal seat height is about one-quarter of the body height. This is only a rule of thumb since the torso-to-leg ratio can vary widely.
There is no chair suitable for every activity. For example, dentists require a different chair than industrial workers or computer operators Consider maintenance and repair costs. Check with the manufacturer for items to inspect for and how often inspection should be done.
If you are having trouble deciding which ergonomic chair is the best for you or your employees, you can arrange an appointment with one of our Display Screen Equipment (DSE) assessors to ensure you are guaranteed the best chair for you. If you are an individual looking for a personal assessment you can have a chair fitted to you in our Cheadle Hulme showroom, or if you’re in an office our assessor can come to you. You are more than welcome to contact us here if you have any queries or would like more information on what we can offer you. Let us help you choose the best office chair for you!