What should I consider when selecting a chair?
Working in an office typically involves spending a great deal of time sitting in an office chair - a position that adds stress to the structures in the spine. Therefore, to avoid developing or compounding back problems, it's important to have an office chair that's ergonomic and that supports the lower back and promotes good posture.
There are many types of ergonomic chairs available for use in the office. No one type of office chair is necessarily the best, but there are some things that are very important to look for in a good ergonomic office chair. These things will allow the individual user to make the chair work well for his or her specific needs. A basic rule of ergonomics is that there is no such thing as an "average" person. However, providing a chair specifically designed for each individual is not practical. The only solution is to provide workers with fully adjustable chairs that can accommodate a maximum range of people (typically around 90 percent of the population; workers falling in the ranges of 5% of the shortest and the tallest will need custom-made chairs).
Choose a chair with:
- Controls that is easy to operate from sitting position.
- A seat that adjusts for both height and tilt.
- A seat that does not put pressure the back of thighs or knees.
- A seat with a front edge that curves towards the floor.
- Breathable, non-slippery fabric on the seat.
- A backrest shaped to support the lower back.
- A stable five-point base.
- Wheels or casters suitable for the type of flooring.
- A swivel mechanism.
- Armrests that can be adjusted to the elbow height when your upper arms are hanging down and your forearms are at about a 90 degree angle to the upper arms.
- Armrests that do not interfere with free movements within the workstation.
Why is choosing a good chair important?
A recent Gallup poll found that adults working full-time in the US work an average of 47 hours per week and 39% of those polled reported working more than 50 hours per week. That suggests that almost 40% of US full-time workers are putting in close to 2,500 hours at work per year. But being stuck in an office chair that long isn’t healthy!
There are many benefits to having a good office chair in addition to having less back strain. A good, supportive office chair prevents fatigue and discomfort that can come from siting in the same chair for hours on end.
Studies have shown that comfortable employees are more productive and contribute to a more positive work environment than uncomfortable employees. Finally, having the correct, comfortable office chair reduces the number of breaks the employee will need to take due to being uncomfortable.
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