Tuesday, 27 March 2012

Bad Chair Posture Could Lead to a Personal Injury

If you work in an office then chances are you spend the majority of the day sat in a chair working on a computer. If you’re not sat correctly in your chair though you could be doing yourself a personal injury that could result in long term issues and problems related to your back, arms, legs or eyes. It is the responsibility of your employee to make sure you know the correct posture for sitting at a desk and the human resources department will help ensure you know the correct method. Here’s a look at some advice though that will make sure you are sitting correctly.
Sit far back in your chair and make sure that your back is touching the back support offered by the chair. A good chair will have enough of a rest to offer lumbar support for the lower back. Get the chair at the right height using the adjustable seat height. If you can’t adjust your chair to the right height then you may need to get a different one. You should be at a height that when you type your elbows should be at a right angle. Also your feet should be flat on the floor with your knees at right angles as well. If neither of these are possible then you will definitely require a different chair.

With regards to viewing the monitor, you should be at a height where your eye level is looking straight ahead without having to look up or down too much to cause a personal injury to the neck. You will find yourself slipping down your chair during the day so it is very important to constantly adjust your posture to make sure you are sitting correctly. It is also important to get up and take a break from your chair every 45-60mins, whether it’s to make a drink, go to the loo or just to stretch your legs. Also give your eyes a rest by looking at a distance for a few seconds every now and again.

Following all of this advice should help you be comfortable, relaxed and ensure you do not suffer an injury and have an accident at work sitting in a bad chair.

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