Business and Management

The Benefit of Using Ergonomic Chairs

Ergonomics refers to the science of optimizing productivity and ensuring safety in a workplace. This discipline is used in the design of office furniture such as computer desks and office chairs in an attempt to make them as efficient as possible. Read full article to get more insights into Ergonomics and Ergonomic chairs.

What is Ergonomics?

The 'fit' between the user, the equipment being used and the environment they share is deduced by ergonomists, they consider the work being done and what demands that has on the person. The equipment that would be used in a given job would also be considered and to get the fit right, many disciplines are utilised including;

* Mechanical engineering

* Anthropometry

* Kinesiology

* Biomechanics

* Industrial design

* Information design

* Physiology

The corporate world has two options when it comes to ergonomics. One is to only fix problems when they arise. Others take a proactive approach and work to improve their workplaces. There are three methods to solve ergonomic problems.

* Equipment design – Changes the devices used by people e.g. normal office chairs are exchanged for ergonomic chairs

* Task design – This changes how people use the equipment

* Environment design – Maintains equipment while changing the working environment

Health and Safety Benefits of Ergonomic Chairs

Incorrect posture while sitting in front of a computer can lead to many physical problems such as back ache or repetitive strain injury. Using ordinary office chairs can become uncomfortable and after many hours of use may lead to aggravating of conditions such as arthritis or carpal tunnel syndrome. However ergonomic chairs and products can treat or prevent problems like back ache, and may even bring some relief to disorders like arthritis and carpal tunnel syndrome.

Flora Wilson