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Ergonomic chairs for the offoce and home office

Ergohuman Elite

The Ergohuman Elite chair is now Certified in the UK and is 97% Eco-friendly

Certified to BSEN5459 (2000) Part 2 : structurally suitable and sufficiently stable for use as an office chair for up to 24 hours a day, when used by persons up to 150kg in weight.

Eco-friendly – 97% of the Ergohuman® chair is made with recycleable materials

ERGOHUMAN Elite conforms to BS 5459-2:2000 Specification for performance requirements and tests for office furniture. Office pedestal seating for use by persons weighing up to 150kg and for use up to 24 hours a day, including type-approval tests for individual components

BS 5459-2 specifies performance requirements and test methods for the structural safety and stability of office pedestal seating when used by persons weighing up to 150 kg, or when used for up to 24 hours a day, including chairs for use with tables and desks higher than those specified in BS EN 527-1.

It also specifies requirements and test methods for type-approval of bases, columns, seat actions, back stems and locking devices.

BS 5459-2 seeks to ensure that the seating will not become a danger or cause injury to users when it is used as office seating in a manner which is foreseeable

Ergohuman Elite Office Chair
Ergohuman Elite Office Chair

The Ergohuman Elite Ergonomic Office Chair is an innovative, modern, ergonomic chair that combines complete functionality with optimal comfort. The Ergohuman utilizes state of the art upholstery coupled with a wide array of ergonomic functions to make this chair perfect for any user. A synchro-tilt mechanism allows for smooth, controlled adjustments while keeping your body in an ergonomically correct position. Versatile casters allow for nice movement on carpeted or hard surfaces. This is an opportunity to sit comfortably in one of the newest ergonomic mesh chair today.

View the other ergonomic office chairs from Ergohuman.net, like the Enjoy Mesh Office Chair, Ergohuman Plus or the Ergohuman Elite Leather

Ergohuman Elite Mesh Office Chairs
Ergohuman Elite Mesh Office Chairs

Ergonomic Office Chairs, Comfort and Adjustability

An ergonomic chair means that the seating matches both the person’s physical needs and job responsibilities so, to do this, it has to be adjustable.

Imagine the user – tall, short, thin, overweight, disabled in some way – adjustments need to be made to the ergonomic chair, to suit that particular worker.

The seat needs to be height-adjustable, both for leg length and body / back length. The chair should have an in-built lumbar support panel which, with adjustment, both height and tilt-wise, can be positioned to meet the person’s lumbar region and also support the natural curve of the spine. The seat itself will have a 16 to 20 inch height adjustment range, to make the average person’s feet comfortably touch the floor and pneumatic height adjustment allows for effortless change to the seat requirement. For people who have restricted growth, an ergonomic footstool will make feet to base contact successful, as the height of the chair needs to tally with the desk height.

The seat base itself should also allow for tilt and an ideal angle is for the front to slope downwards a little, as this takes any pressure off the knee joint area and thus supports continued good circulation in the lower legs. The seat density should not be too soft, as its purpose is to support your weight firmly and comfortably.

Arm height adjustment is also an ergonomic necessity, so support can be given to the lower arms, as they reach to meet the desk or keyboard. Getting this height right will go a long way to preventing hand / wrist problems, such as repetitive strain injury (RSI) and carpal tunnel syndrome. There is also an item called a wrist rest, a light-weight article which helps get that angle between wrist and keyboard right, again supporting joints and prolonging comfort.

Getting the chair right for the user will involve trial and error and, after a few days of usage, perfect settings can be reached, making sure that the ergonomic chair does what it is supposed to do. Consider, however, that after a holiday or a long period away from work, someone else may have made use of the chair, and possibly adjusted the settings.

Buying an ergonomic chair is an investment in both health and work performance. Sitting, with correct support given where it is needed, will make for a more comfortable and satisfying day of work.

Ergonomic Office Chairs
Ergonomic Office Chairs

When is an ‘Ergonomic Chair’ not That at All.

`’Ergonomic’ means to fit your need and be supportive to your health, so when choosing an ergonomic chair, the right one for you really does depend on your body frame and the duties you perform. One will be forgiven for thinking that all office jobs are the same and that one chair should fit all though, for straightforward data input clerks and call centre staff, the chair may always resemble the average office chair, with arm rests, castors and adjustable back and seat pad systems.

But what about the architect or the draughtsman or woman? Their duties do not necessarily allow them to work from a sitting down position, so an ergonomic chair for these professionals will not fit the normal design. Such an ergonomic chair will have a height adjustment from the normal 24 inches to the higher 32 inches and there will also be a footring, which is where the user’s feet will touch down, maybe some eight inches above the floor. Such foot support is necessary as, without it, a lot or pressure would be placed on the user’s thighs, which could impede blood circulation and, without being able to anchor’s one’s feet to something solid, staying in a fixed position would be nigh on impossible.

Then there’s the work of the presenter or the teacher, whose responsibility may mean sometimes presenting information from a standing position. The standing chair places its seat pad at a height which simply takes the weight off your body, while your legs are still touching the ground. The design of this ergonomic chair encourages good posture, allowing your spine to fall in its natural ‘S’ shape, with your head and shoulders held centrally above your pelvis. Users of the standing chair say that, in a semi-standing position, they think more clearly and that their leg muscles become stronger.

Of course, there’s also the kneeling chair, a design that allows you to do just that. Like the standing chair, this ergonomic chair encourages perfect posture, allowing your back to take its natural ‘S’ shape and is suitable seating for meetings or training courses, when one needs to be astute throughout the allotted time.

All in all, it can be seen that there are many different designs of ergonomic chair and getting the right one for the job in hand is essential. When purchasing yours, make sure you look at the specifications of the ergonomic chair and that you present the right personal information and ask the right questions. Otherwise, that ergonomic chair isn’t ergonomic after all.

Enjoy Leather Office Chairs

The Enjoy Leather Office Chair with headrest is designed and made with the total comfort of human-kind in mind. The Enjoy ergonomic chair fuses art and science with flex zones that ensure constant support of back and lumbar, multi-dimensional adjustable arm rest for unparalleled support and a height-adjustable pivoting headrest for full crane support.

The Enjoy ergonomic leather office chair was designed specifically for those who are in an office chair for 8 hours a day, and require intensive use seating to keep comfortable for long periods of time. Aesthetics, form and function allow this ergonomic chair to utilise a synchro tilt mechanism with 3 position lock, sliding seat and pneumatic height adjustment all in one very unique single lever control lever.

Enjoy chair specification :

* Enjoy leather chair with five star polished aluminium base.
* New sleeker, improved mechanism
* Full Synchro movement.
* One single lever control which means all chair adjustments can be carried out using one lever
* Breathable comfortable mesh seat and backrest.
* Seat height control.
* Seat depth adjustment (seat slide)
* Backrest tilt tension control.
* Backrest tilt angle adjustment.
* Backrest height adjustment.
* New design armrests with soft polyurethane pads.
* Armrest height & angle adjustment.
* Headrest height & angle adjustment.

Enjoy office chairs are available in Black Mesh. The New Enjoy mesh office chair also available without headrest.

Enjoy Leather Office Chair
Enjoy Leather Office Chair

Enjoy Mesh Office Chairs

Enjoy Mesh Office Chairs
Enjoy Mesh Office Chairs

Your Ergonomic Chair

Ergonomics is about getting the situation to fit you, rather than you to fit the situation. So, for example, when looking at an ergonomic office chair, getting the chair to fit you would mean addressing points such as your height, your size and your job duties.

Your height is an important point to address, as a perfect sitting position will mean that your feet are flat on the floor, while your thighs are more or less parallel to the floor. It is easy to see that if your chair is too low for you, your knees will be coming up to meet you and there will be less support to your lumbar region, as your thighs are not making perfect contact with the office chair. If the chair is too high for you, your feet may not fully touch the floor, making steadiness an issue. A height-adjustable chair will help solve these needs. If you suffer from back pain you would be better off with a well designed ergonomic office chair like the BMA Axia Range of Chairs

If you are small in stature, or somewhat overweight, the armrests of the chair may not serve their purpose of supporting your lower arms, again to keep them parallel to the floor and resting on the desk comfortably.

Once the ergonomic chair is adjusted to your needs, you can identify whether the desk height meets your specifications. It’s all right getting the seat absolutely perfect but is the table or desk too high or too low for your wrists to rest comfortably near the keyboard or the paperwork?

This is where adjustable desks show their worth. As the name suggests, a height-adjustable desk will allow you to get the correct height for your perfect workstation.

The theory of ergonomics also addresses a cognitive aspect. For example, why did you place your phone to the left of your monitor and why so far back on the desk? If it’s an office tool that you use quite often, is it in a comfortable and accessible position? Why isn’t the monitor directly in front of you? Regular use of the computer will mean that your body rests in a twisted position (neck and hips) for long periods of time. The placing a heavy dictionary at the back of the desk, instead of closer at hand, will cause pressure to your hand, wrist, arm and shoulder, every time you reach for it.

Ergonomics is a serious business which, once you’ve got it right, encourages your body to respect good posture. An ergonomic desk and adjustable chair might cost a little more than run-of-the-mill office furniture but for all the right reasons. Surveys have shown that working in an ergonomic environment increases productivity by as much as 20%, the enhanced posture having the knock-on effect of increasing work satisfaction. With less posture-related illnesses and the resulting time off work, creating an ergonomic office ticks all the right boxes.

Below: the BMA Axia Plus Ergonomic Office Chairs

BMA Axia Plus Ergonomic Office Chair
BMA Axia Plus Ergonomic Office Chair

Ergonomics

Ergonomics is all about the study of work: making sure that you don’t cause undue pressure to parts of your body; ensuring that if your job means a repetitive movement you remember to build in sufficient breaks to allow for muscles to relax; using the right tools for the job. Addressing the last point first will have a positive knock-on effect on the other two points.

In any kind of work, we often say that if a job is not done to an acceptable standard, that maybe the person didn’t have the right equipment for the job. Try to do an electrical job with kitchen rather than professional tools (e.g. stripping the plastic sheath from cable by using a sharp knife (yes, I’ve done it and the wire kept breaking) and you will see how the task becomes more difficult and can be both hazardous and stressful. So, weighing up the needs of the situation and getting the right equipment makes sense, doesn’t it?

Looking at sedentary work, the same rules should apply. In an ordinary day at the office, work will involve movement of paperwork or boxes recall the health and safety rules for correct lifting, twisting and turning in your office chairs to reach things on the desk, hours of typing and the list goes on, depending on the specifics of the job in hand. So, due care and diligence is needed in an office environment, the same as in any other kind of work.

In today’s busy world, we don’t seem to have time for thinking straight, yet creating an ergonomic office really is a must. If an accident happens, you will be troubled with afterthought, realising that ‘if you had only done this’ or ‘thought of doing that’, the accident may never have happened. The result of even a minor accident can be time off work, compensation, or even a permanent disability.

As an employer, it makes sense to think ahead and to forward plan the working environment. Seeking advice from someone ‘in the know’ helps make sure that costly mistakes are not made, when purchasing ergonomic chairs and ergonomic desks, as the responsibilities of a job in one environment might be different to another. Also, we human beings are all different shapes and sizes and there are lots of ergonomic office chairs out there, ranging from basic office design to standing seats and kneeling chairs. Such thought and consideration will make for a safer environment, better working conditions, happier staff and improved output.

Ergonomic Office be Cost-Effectiveness

Ergonomics is about getting the situation to fit you, rather than you to fit the situation. So, for example, when looking at an ergonomic office chair, getting the chair to fit you would mean addressing points such as your height, your size and your job duties.

Your height is an important point to address, as a perfect sitting position will mean that your feet are flat on the floor, while your thighs are more or less parallel to the floor. It is easy to see that if your chair is too low for you, your knees will be coming up to meet you and there will be less support to your lumbar region, as your thighs are not making perfect contact with the office chair. If the chair is too high for you, your feet may not fully touch the floor, making steadiness an issue. A height-adjustable chair will help solve these needs. If you suffer from back pain you would be better off with a well designed ergonomic office chair like the BMA Axia Range of Chairs

If you are small in stature, or somewhat overweight, the armrests of the chair may not serve their purpose of supporting your lower arms, again to keep them parallel to the floor and resting on the desk comfortably.

Once the ergonomic chair is adjusted to your needs, you can identify whether the desk height meets your specifications. It’s all right getting the seat absolutely perfect but is the table or desk too high or too low for your wrists to rest comfortably near the keyboard or the paperwork?

This is where adjustable desks show their worth. As the name suggests, a height-adjustable desk will allow you to get the correct height for your perfect workstation.

The theory of ergonomics also addresses a cognitive aspect. For example, why did you place your phone to the left of your monitor and why so far back on the desk? If it’s an office tool that you use quite often, is it in a comfortable and accessible position? Why isn’t the monitor directly in front of you? Regular use of the computer will mean that your body rests in a twisted position (neck and hips) for long periods of time. The placing a heavy dictionary at the back of the desk, instead of closer at hand, will cause pressure to your hand, wrist, arm and shoulder, every time you reach for it.

Ergonomics is a serious business which, once you’ve got it right, encourages your body to respect good posture. An ergonomic desk and adjustable chair might cost a little more than run-of-the-mill office furniture but for all the right reasons. Surveys have shown that working in an ergonomic environment increases productivity by as much as 20%, the enhanced posture having the knock-on effect of increasing work satisfaction. With less posture-related illnesses and the resulting time off work, creating an ergonomic office ticks all the right boxes.

Below: the BMA Axia Plus Ergonomic Office Chairs

BMA Axia Plus Ergonomic Office Chair
BMA Axia Plus Ergonomic Office Chair

Ergonomic Chairs

Knowing about good posture is very important but, whilst looking for this information, .I came across a mention of how bad posture affects more than just your back.

If you sit poorly, it doesn’t take your muscles long to think that this position is the way it’s going to be and your muscles work alongside this bad posture, causing an imbalance in muscle support.  Also, if you slouch, you are restricting digestion, circulation and breathing and your bones aren’t too happy about it either.

Once the aches and pain start in places like your neck, shoulders and back, maintaining a sitting position for any length of time becomes difficult and you may have to restrict sitting to twenty minutes or so, then move around to give your muscles and your skeletal frame a change of position, before returning to your earlier task.

If you have a job that allows regular movement e.g. a shop assistant, moving and changing position is part and parcel of the requirements of the post. If you are in a sedentary job (the list is endless!), that earlier acquired bad posture and its accompanying aches and pains is going to cause havoc e.g. discomfort, irritability, distraction and concentration problems.

The truth is that we probably don’t know what good posture entails i.e. does it mean more than sitting with a straight back?

Good posture includes having your feet firmly on the floor: dangling feet and crossed legs are definitely ‘no go’ areas.  Your tailbone should be right up to the back of the chair and so should your back, unless you are slanting slightly forward, in which case the line between your head, chest and pelvis should be straight (not curved).

So, these points indicate a good sitting posture but that’s not the end of the story.  The chair is only good for you if it’s ‘user-friendly’ in relation to the height of your table or desk, as your forearms need to reach the task in a horizontal position.

This is where ergonomic chairs are worth their weight in gold.  They adjust not only to support your back but also to meet your height.  The arm rests can be adjusted to ensure horizontal support for your hands and, together, you are sitting comfortably and working well.

There is quite a range of adjustable chairs, as each of us is different and an ergonomic chair means that the chair fits you and not the reverse!  When choosing a suitable office chair, it will pay you to call on the advice of someone knowledgeable in ergonomics, to make an assessment of both your skeletal frame and the duties of your job.  This will make sure that you choose the office chair that meets your needs.

Elementary, don’t you think?

So get an Ergohuman Office Chair from Simply Ergonomic

Ergohuman Office Chair
Ergohuman Office Chair