What are Ergonomics?
Ergonomics are all about posture and support – poor posture can lead to back problems in the future. By designing office equipment for people wherever they interact with products we can encourage and support posture which eliminates back problems. Ergonomics within the workplace are to ensure that task chair designs complement the strengths and abilities of people and minimise the effects of their limitations, rather than forcing them to adapt.
Tips for businesses
If staff members have the right chair you can avoid:
- Absences due to back related problems
- A range of elements from Complaining to Compensation Costs
- Too much away from desk breaks
By spending a bit more initially on an ergonomic friendly working environment you can avoid extra costs in the future. You could spend £75 on a chair or invest over £200 in an ergonomic task chair. In the UK, musculoskeletal injuries suffered by workers cost £5.7 billion per year. Work-related upper limb disorders (WRULDs) can arise from poor ergonomic design of equipment, workplaces and workstations. When employers invest in ergonomics, According to research from Neville Stanton of Brunel University London, most recover those costs within one year of implementing the changes.
Bevlan Office Interiors provide demonstrations for task chairs we supply plus we have an in house Ergonomics Expert, Carole Livesey, who will come out to you and help you & your workforce with your office ergonomics. There is no point having a £200 chair which is all singing all dancing but you doing know how to us it, so Carole’s expertise can really help you get the full return on your investment.
People sit at a desk for 8 hours a day so getting the right equipment along with the right posture is important. If you come to our showroom and try the operator chairs out, your will see the difference in seconds.
The Art of Sitting
Sitting correctly is not all about sitting up straight. There is an art to the way you sit. You should sit with your back against the chair and let the chair do the work for you. Making sure your feet are at a 90 degree angle and there are at least 4 fingers between the chair and your knees.
We are all different shapes and sizes and we like to do different things. There is no such thing as the average person. Some people like to rock back and forth and others sit still or some lean in different ways through the day. Our spine is supported by muscles either side. Rocking and moving when we work exercises the muscles along the spine and helps keep you supple. Did you know…? Keeping the body moving makes you less tired.
Ergonomic chairs have various features that benefit the user:
- Memory foam – softens in reaction to body heat
- Coccyx cut outs
- Seat slide
- Pump up Lumber Support
- Independent back Ratchet so you can adjust the height of the back without getting up and down
- Height adjustable arms – the keyboard and mouse should be up close to you on your desk and height adjustable arms are needs for you to lean on supporting you.
- Independent back and seat for movement and support
Independent verses Together:- When the seat and back are attached, there is no way of adjusting to your needs. Our bodies vary day by day – once the chair is set up it can be easily altered.
We have a family of ergonomic task chairs – A Daddy bear (Large), Mummy Bear (Medium) and baby bear (Petite) which are health and safety authorised at colleges. These Chairs are extremely popular to our clients as they not only provide excellent comfort but adhere to the health and safety guidelines employers should provide for staff.
If you would like a free ergonomics assessment or would like to pay us a visit and come look round the showroom, please feel free to pop round to have a try for yourself of the different task chair ranges we have available or call 01254 876666 to arrange an assessment, just ask for Carole Livesey.