Ergonomic chair, features & benefit

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An ergonomic chair is a chair designed with the aims of giving correct support of your posture, weight and lumbar while sitting. It is design to suit a range of people and has adjustable parts that enhance maximum comfort during sitting.

However, there is no guarantee that they will suit any one person in particular. For example, a chair could be too high and the arm rests too far apart for a short, slim person. In addition, chairs may not suit every task or arrangement at the workstation. 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 there. It is possible to find the right chair although it is not always easy.

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Benefits of Ergonomic chair

  • It reduces Pain
  • It boosts Productivity, and
  • Improves Employee Wellness.

Points to note: 

  • One chair does not fit everyone. The users’ body dimensions must be used when selecting a chair so that it does not strain one part of the body while fitting another.
  • There is no chair suitable for every activity. For example, dentists require a different chair than do industrial workers or computer operators.

Read Also: 11 Valid Ergonomics Principles for Preventing Musculoskeletal Disorders in the Workplace

Features of an ergonomic chair

  • Adjustability: The seat height should be adjustable.
  • Backrest – The backrest should be adjustable both vertically and in the frontward and backward direction and has a firm lumbar support.
  • Arm support: The seat should have a good arm support.
  • Stability: The chair must be stable; a five-point base is recommended.

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