Sitting Safe Work Place Wednesdays


Workplace Wednesday- Sitting Safe

What possible danger could there be in sitting? Do your muscles occasionally feel stiff and sore even though all you’ve done throughout the day is work at a desk? Well, you are not alone, it often happens to lots of office workers and students. The reason could be sitting in the wrong chair and position, for a while.

Muscular discomfort and injury are common complaints for office workers. Fortunately, you can prevent or minimize these problems simply by moving around, adjusting your work environment or changing your work habits.

The Culprit is your chair

A well-designed, adjustable chair can positively affect posture, circulation, the amount of effort required to maintain a position, and the amount of pressure on the spine. The right chair is one, designed for the ergonomic needs of today’s office and should easily adapt to you instead of you adapting to the chair. The seat pan height should be adjustable and should transfer your weight through the buttocks, not the thighs. Also, the backrest should adjust up/down and backward/forward or flex with body movement for good back support.

Your Body Position Matters

Keep your body in a relaxed, natural position. Ideally, your arms should hang relaxed from your shoulders. When you use a keyboard, your arms should be bent at right angles at the elbow. Your hands should be in a straight line with the forearm and your elbows close to the body. Your head should be in line with your body and slightly forward. To achieve the right body position you may have to adjust the height of your chair or work station.

Your chair should provide good support for your back and the seat should be at a height that allows your thighs to be horizontal and your feet flat on the floor. Keep work materials within easy reach. If your job requires extensive telephone use, using a headset can help prevent neck problems.

Give your body some relief from sitting by standing up, stretching or shifting position on your chair throughout the day. When possible, take a break to prevent discomfort and fatigue.


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