|March 26, 1999||Volume 6, Number 13|
NOTES FROM THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH, SAFETY, AND ENVIRONMENT
Chair selection is critical in establishing workstation ergonomics
Did you know that the University has a policy (AD 8-54) for the "purchasing, modification, and fabrication of furniture"?
Or that you can check out a list of approved workstation/office chairs that includes descriptions, prices, and purchasing information at http://adminsrv.usask.ca/hse/ergonomics/furnchoice.htm ?
The policy and the chair list - the result of combined efforts by Interior Design (Facilities Management), Purchasing, and Health, Safety & Environment - each has a procedural guideline, which you're asked to use when upgrading furniture in your department.
Generally speaking, when you're assessing your workstation to improve on deficiencies, pay close attention to your chair and how you use (or misuse) it.
All the adjustments made on your work surface, keyboard and mouse, monitor, document, accessories, etc. won't help much if you're using a chair that's too small or too big or that can't be adjusted to support you properly.
Look for adjustments on your chair. They're usually located along either side of the seat pan. What does this lever adjust or that tab do? Pull it, push it, twist it and see what the chair does. Then make adjustments aimed at maximizing your comfort and support.
Remember that one size does not fit all. For proper selection, examine the approved list and try out two or three likely candidates for at least a few days. Check out the chair's size, type of backrest, and adjustment features and most important, be sure that it's comfortable for you.
- Fulton Briand,
Some ergonomic tips:
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