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Office Furniture – Preventing Back Problems

Posted on August 2nd 2019 by Chloe Harris.

Preventing Back Problems

Back problems are the cause of one in five staff absences within the workplace, having the correct office furniture can help reduce employee back pain and therefore, the absences related to this. It is important to have the correct workstation setup as this helps with posture and therefore reduces back pain.

How to Setup your Workstation Correctly

There are 6 key features of setting up your workstation.

  1. Elbow Measure – Rest your elbows on the work surface, checking that they are at a 90-degree angle. If they are not at 90 degrees adjust your chair, up or down, to suit.
  2. Thigh Measure – Ensure you can slide your fingers under your thigh and the edge of your office chair. If not, your chair may require the height adjusting to suit.
  3. Calf Measure – Sat fully back in your chair, try to press a fist between your calf and the front of the office chair. If the gap is too small or wide, adjust the back of the chairs forward or backwards, a lumbar support may also be required.
  4. Lower Back Support – There should be an arch in the back of your chair to push your lower back forward slightly, this can help to reduce slumping.
  5. Resting Eye Level – Close your eyes while facing your screen, slowly open your eyes, your eye line should be facing the centre of the screen.
  6. Armrest – The armrest should be adjusted to raise your arms slightly at the shoulders, to take some pressure of your upper spine.

Ergonomic Office Furniture

Ergo Office Furniture

Having the correct office furniture, especially ergonomic furniture, can reduce the risk of back problems and pain.

Height Adjustable Desks

Height adjustable desks are ideal for helping staff to become more active, majority of office workers sit at there desk for more than 6 hours a day. Having a height adjustable desk helps to improve activity. Standing while working at your screen can reduce stress and strains on your back alongside other positives including;

  • Improved mood and energy levels
  • Reduced back pain
  • Lower risk of heart disease
  • Lower blood sugar levels
  • Boosting productivity

Ergonomic Office Chairs

Office chairs need to be checked that they are still in good working condition and usable, if they are damaged this can cause further back problems. Ergonomic office chairs can help to reduce back pains while helping with posture. The positives of an ergonomic chair include:

  1. Supporting posture
  2. High level of comfort
  3. Reduces risk of back pain
  4. Reduced pressure of hips
  5. Extra features allow for easier working

 

Offering your employees a comfortable working environment can improve effectiveness of staff members.

TO VIEW OUR RANGE OF HEIGHT ADJUSTABLE DESKS AND ERGONOMIC CHAIRS PLUS MORE, SEE OUR OFFICE FURNITURE CATEGORY.

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