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Selecting an ergonomic chair for your workspace

Consider your work chair. Is it comfortable and supportive? Do you feel well-balanced sitting in it? Is it stable? If you answered “no” to any of these questions, you might need a new chair – one that is ergonomically correct. But it’s important for your employer and you to do the research first. “There are many ergonomic chairs available, but it can be a mistake to purchase one simply because it is labeled ‘ergonomic,’” the Canadian Center for Occupational Health and Safety cautions. Some chairs may be too high or the arms may be too far apart for a particular person. “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...

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For good office ergonomics, avoid these 5 risks

Musculoskeletal disorders such as carpal tunnel syndrome, tendinitis, muscle strains and lower back injuries affect the muscles, nerves, blood vessels, ligaments and tendons, according to OSHA. But practicing good ergonomics can help prevent workers from acquiring MSDs. Ergonomics is the practice of fitting the job to the worker. This includes avoiding tasks that may lead to injuries. “Ergonomists have examined a number of jobs where there have been a high incidence of [musculoskeletal disorders], and have found some common elements present in each of these jobs, which are associated with these injuries,” the Washington State Department of Labor and Industries states. “These elements are called risk factors, because exposure to them increases the chance that a worker will become injured.” Here are five ergonomic risk factors to be mindful of...

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Ergonomics – Design it out

Those who are not familiar with the term ergonomics, typically give us 1 of 2 reactions. The first being a head nod followed immediately by the question… “and what you do you think of the current economic state of our country?” – no we are not EConomists, we are ERgonomists. The second being a slightly confused and awkward look because they have no idea what you just said. So, Ergonomics, what exactly is it? It is the science of improving employee performance and wellbeing in relation to job tasks equipment and the environment. Unfortunately, over the last few years, ergonomics has come under the health and safety bracket in organisations which can often take a very reactive approach. When someone is suffering with lower back pain, for example, an...

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Attract & Retain Talent

In the era of millennials and upcoming Gen Z, businesses are striving to attract and retain the best of the best. Millennials are the generation that care most about helping society whether that’s preventing diseases, helping to abolish hunger, or campaigning to save our environment by reducing plastic etc. Millennials are looking for leaders, not managers. They want people to guide them and listen to their ideas and not micromanage them which is why it is important to design offices that allow for this type of communication. Millennials don't want to be given meaningless work, they want to do work that matters. A workplace that fosters communication, feedback, and flexibility will certainly attract the best talent. One way to do this is to create a workplace with a...

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Is a back that bounces allowed?

This was a real question that we recently got from a client. To put the question in context, she means that if a chair moves whilst you are seated, is that a good thing? Our answer – a residing ‘yes’! of course it is! We as humans were not designed to be static, we were designed to move! So, a chair that offers features that encourages movement is only a good thing. If you sit in a chair that doesn’t move, there is only one direction that you can move and that is forward which often means slouched. This posture (trunk flexion) is the leading cause of lower back discomfort in the world! If you have a chair that moves, it enables you to move back and forth whilst...

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Is your desk the right height?

A question we often get asked is what should your desk heights be in a sitting and standing position. According to the Australian Standards your desk height should be as below. Work surface height(AS/NZS 4443:1997) ·       Adjustable including a range from 610 to 760mm ·       Fixed height, 700-720 preferred but can be as low as 680mm Try telling that to a person who just wants to sit at their desk comfortably. How does anyone know what 700mm-720mm means in relation to their own height? Well here is a quick guide for those who want to set themselves up properly. As you can see in the below table the standard desk height of 720mm correlates to the seated elbow height of a 6ft (182cm) person. In most offices the desk height is 720m....

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Looking After Your Eyes

When we talk about ergonomics, most people automatically think chair, keyboard and mouse; peripherals of a computer workstation. What a lot of people don’t realise is that lighting also comes under ergonomics. Ever been sat in an office with really bright lighting and you’re going home with headaches and a back neck? Ever been in an office with really dim lighting and you’re going home with back pain because you’re leaning forward to view your documents because you can’t see very well? Poor lighting can force our posture in different ways and can also affect our eyes. First things first, you need to get your eyes tested regularly. Every 2 years is a good start and if you notice anything different with your eyes within that period...

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