Your Chair May Be Affecting Your Health

Your chair may be the #1 component in your work environment affecting your health (and comfort). 

Your chair should fit your body as well as your shoes fit your feet – especially when working long hours at the computer.  People perform better when they are comfortable.  Concentration levels are higher, tasks are completed more accurately, and people tend to develop a positive attitude about themselves and their work.  So, how do you know if your chair fits you correctly?

First of all, OSHA/ANSI 2007 established standards to provide guidelines for design & installation of computer workstations and furniture that will accommodate (and adjust to) a wide variety of users, and truely ‘ergonomic‘ chairs should have these minimum “fit to comfort” adjustments:

  • Back Rest Height
  • Back Rest Angle
  • Lumbar Support
  • Armrest Height, Pivot
  • Seat Height
  • Seat Depth
  • Seat Tilt
  • Seat and Back Tension Control

Take a look at your chair to see if it has all of the above adjustment capabilities.  With that in mind, then take a look at the size of your chair – as this is also very important.  Determine what size your chair is from the options below:

  • Big (over 300 lbs.) and Tall (over 6’2″) statured people need chairs with larger seats, stronger mechanisms, and “fit to comfort” adjustments.
  • Average (110-285 lbs and 5’2″-6’1″) statured people need chairs with a standard range of seat sizes, mechanisms, and “fit to comfort” adjustments.
  • Petite (under 110 lbs. and under 5’2″) statured people need chairs with smaller seats, lighter mechanisms, and “fit to comfort” adjustments.

If your chair is the right size and has all of the following “fit to comfort” adjustments, then please read more here about how to correctly adjust your chair and your other workstation equipment.

If your chair is too big, too small, or does not offer all the “fit to comfort” adjustment capabilities, then you can not adjust the chair to fit YOUR particular needs.  Sustaining poor postures due to ill-fitting chairs for prolonged periods can result in physical stressors that lead to fatigue, discomfort, and painful symptoms.  Strained body muscles, tendons, nerves and joints have to work harder – which results in tension, pressure, and possible injury.  Pain drags your energy levels down and is nature’s way of warning you that something is wrong!

The appropriate ergonomic chair, adjusted appropriately for your particular stature, can help reduce physical stressors, discomfort issues, and early day fatigue – and you will notice the difference almost immediately.

We here at cessi:: ergonomics care about the health and comfort of our clients’ and their employees and recommend that you also evaluate a new ergonomic chair – BEFORE you buy it.  Our ergonomic professionals can help you identify your stature and physical needs, define requirements of your work, and provide you with a demo/evaluation chair that fit’s correctly to your body’s stature.

For more information on our Evaluation Program, please give us a call.

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