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Ergonomics: Saving the Office Money

Many different injuries and problems stem from bad workstation positioning and improper ergonomics. Carpal Tunnel and Tendinitis are some of the most common workplace injury complaints and are found in a number of different occupations and situations. Hairstylists using their hands in the repetitive scissors motion or a computer programmer sitting in front of the monitor for long periods of time are all prone to problems with the hands and arms.

New worker’s compensation claims are being filed daily for problems stemming from muscle and nerve injuries due to workplace conditions. The numbers seem to be rising possibly due to the increasing number of computer users and workers with a computer monitor and workstation where they spend a considerable amount of time. It is simple to ergonomically position most workstations but without the knowledge of how to do so, most employees will end up in the wrong position.

When a worker reports a carpal tunnel injury from the doctor, they normally cannot perform their standard office tasks or the injury will be worsened. Carpal tunnel requires the wrist and arm to stay at a stable relaxed position and braces are available but do not work in most situations for productivity. The employee can be put on full leave until recovered or surgery is necessary which can leave the employee on absence for a longer period of time.

This can be costly to the employer for the replacement personnel in order to cover for the lost worker and in worker’s compensation claims if it is a work related injury. What business wants to throw money around without a care in the world for prevention of their loss? Not a good one or one that might stay in business long.

Most large corporations purchase their supplies in bulk and have been educated on proper ergonomics in the workplace from the office furniture interiors company that handled the design of the stations. Many large offices also feature workstations with ergonomic keyboard trays for multiple users and an adjustable office chair, the basics for good ergonomics. Prevention of injury is important to these big businesses as they know how costly it can be to replace workers.

All that is needed is ergonomic education for the employees in order to properly position the equipment once seated. With businesses paying more attention to workplace ergonomics, hopefully the number of these hand and arm injuries will decrease and save everyone time and money.

Author Bio:
Amy Pedersen
has worked in the Ergonomics and Office Furniture
industry for over 10 years and is owner of Sit On This Ergonomics,
operating a number of ergonomic websites dedicated to Office
Chairs
and the practice of good Workplace Ergonomics.

Featuring a wide variety of Executive Chairs, Leather Office Chairs,
Mesh
Seating & Task Office Chairs with an Online Sales Catalog. Their
Huge
Office Chair Collection and the Sit On This Ergo
website
provides detailed ergonomic information on proper chair positioning and
seating in the workplace environment to help people to find the perfect
Office Chair for their situation.

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Ergonomic Chairs: Your Workplace Needs

Whether you are moving office spaces or are a new start up company, you are going to have needs in the office supply department. There are several considerations to take into account when deciding on what to purchase for your workplace environment. Even on a budget, with all of the office supply stores and online shopping sites, you should be able to spend your money wisely and get what is needed with some careful planning.

First, you should take into consideration the size of the space available and the number of employees. Do you need to break up the area into sections with more privacy and noise control? Perhaps it would be better for your situation if all of the employees shared a joint workspace. Cubicles are needed for most arrangements of four or more employees, due to the budget needs of not building additional walls and the mobility need to accommodate the area. Cubicles can also provide a terrific sound block if the right model is purchased and still allows the user to interact quite easily with the other workers.

There is a wide variety of styles, colors, fabrics and sizes available in office cubicles. Most complete office interior retailers will come to your workplace to help you with the layout, measuring and ordering of the cubicles and assist with most other office furniture needs. They usually offer chairs, keyboard trays, storage cabinets and other supplies to purchase all items in one spot. Online shopping sites are also carrying custom ordered products with all of the options and tons of great product lines and various categories.

Office Chairs are another office product that can be quite complicated, you will need different types of chairs and seating for different rooms and tasks. Some chairs will be used with multiple workers and adjustability is the key feature, other chairs will be used with one specific person in mind and fitting it to that person’s body type is considered most important. Make sure what the important main functions will be before deciding on a chair model

Ordering the correct number of keyboard trays, footrests, phones and equipment is based on the number of employees one has and the size of the space. If possible, try to order a few extras of the important supplies used in daily tasks. When ordering extras, you will never run out of equipment when an item needs warranty repair or maintenance.

Hopes are that with careful planning and making sure to factor in the workstation considerations, you will be able to start your new work arrangement well and comfortably. Ordering online can save a business time and money and with easy to compare pricing, direct shipping and extensive product detail pages, you will be done quickly. Make lists of the needs for your workspace before starting to shop and take each need into consideration when purchasing your office furniture, chairs and supplies.

Author Bio:
Amy Pedersen
has worked in the Ergonomics and Office Furniture
industry for over 10 years and is owner of Sit On This Ergonomics,
operating a number of ergonomic websites dedicated to Office
Chairs
and the practice of good Workplace Ergonomics.

Featuring a wide variety of Executive Chairs, Leather Office Chairs,
Mesh
Seating & Task Office Chairs with an Online Sales Catalog. Their
Huge
Office Chair Collection and the Sit On This Ergo
website
provides detailed ergonomic information on proper chair positioning and
seating in the workplace environment to help people to find the perfect
Office Chair for their situation.

Visit Our Office Chair Collection:
Sit On
This Ergonomics

More Ergonomic Information:
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Explained

How to Choose Your Chair:
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Ergonomic Chairs: How Ergonomics can prevent and/or reduce Carpal Tunnel

My wrist and arm hurt so bad, I can’t even type a simple e-mail anymore. This is a complaint that doctors are hearing more often as a common patient problem, usually related to a workplace injury. Computer programmers, hairstylists, prep cooks and even your average office employee are all at risk for injuries just stemming from their everyday work tasks.

Carpal tunnel, tendinitis and nerve disorder injuries from improper positioning of the workstation or from a task requiring repetitive motion for extended periods are growing in number. People are also working longer hours without proper seating or equipment for the task.

Carpal Tunnel, Tendinitis as well as many other minor injuries are now making the way to the workers compensation claim arena on a large scale. The rising number of claims being filed for such injuries is thought to be due to the improper positioning of employee workstations and the lack of employee training in proper practices for good body health. Most workers spend a considerable amount of time in their workstation, proper positioning is critical to good body health and employee productivity.

When workstations are designed with ergonomics in mind, it can help in both the prevention of injuries and in aiding employee productivity. A comfortable employee is a much more productive employee. Many ergonomic devices have been invented to help with the prevention and treatment of carpal tunnel syndrome. Carpal tunnel syndrome affects a person’s wrist and fingers with many different levels of seriousness and can progress quite quickly to a serious problem. Affecting both typing skills, mouse use and everyday tasks, such as phone use, carpal tunnel can easily put an employee on full leave, due to their inability to complete tasks as needed.

Carpal tunnel can be treated in many different ways and is said to be completely correctable with surgery, with many patients experiencing a full recovery after going under the knife. Braces can also be worn to help keep the wrist stabilized and ease the pain experienced with movement.

Some massage therapists are known to treat and help to alleviate carpal tunnel as well as tendinitis through an array of massage treatments. Tendinitis and carpal tunnel are treated with emphasis on the spine and neck area to help with the pinched nerves and muscles that helped to cause the problem in massage therapy.

Proper ergonomic positioning of the body while sitting and keeping the desk, keyboard and mouse at the correct height is key to prevention of injury and can save workers and employers a lot of hassle, time and money. Carpal Tunnel and tendinitis are problems more widely recognized by most companies as an important issues for overall employee health and hopefully continues to be. With education, avoiding a ton of hassle for both the employees and employers is simple.

Author Bio:
Amy Pedersen
has worked in the Ergonomics and Office Furniture
industry for over 10 years and is owner of Sit On This Ergonomics,
operating a number of ergonomic websites dedicated to Office
Chairs
and the practice of good Workplace Ergonomics.

Featuring a wide variety of Executive Chairs, Leather Office Chairs,
Mesh
Seating & Task Office Chairs with an Online Sales Catalog. Their
Huge
Office Chair Collection and the Sit On This Ergo
website
provides detailed ergonomic information on proper chair positioning and
seating in the workplace environment to help people to find the perfect
Office Chair for their situation.

Visit Our Office Chair Collection:
Sit On
This Ergonomics

More Ergonomic Information:
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Explained

How to Choose Your Chair:
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Choosing Proper Office Furniture for Special Needs: Part 2

When searching for office chairs, it is easy to assume that one size fits all. However, to practice good ergonomics, the office chair can have many features designed to help the users who fall out of the range of normal size, has special health considerations, has an unusual job or works with unique machinery. The most popular extra features and options for an ergonomic chair are discussed here.

Some users have longer or shorter torsos and body types and extra adjustments and cylinder height options should be considered to keep the proper posture. Some individuals may not like the idea of a footrest option and might order a smaller cylinder, while a larger person would order a taller cylinder height. The cylinder height controls the seat height allowing the user to place his feet flat on the floor, an important step in ergonomic positioning.

Some workspaces that necessitate taller needs, such as drafting tables or wetbars may require a foot-ring option to keep the users feet firmly supported while still reaching the table comfortably and with proper elbow placement. Foot-rings can also help the smaller user accommodate for the proper feet placement.

Large individuals can often have the most difficult time finding chairs with options and features that adequately meet their needs. Many options are now available to keep any user practicing good ergonomics. The seat pan can be manufactured to a wider specification, with usually only 1-2” increase can make all the difference.
Many Big and Tall chair models also come with a sliding adjustable seat to change the seat depth to better accommodate a longer leg or upper thigh. A synchro knee tilt which keeps the user’s feet firmly on the floor even when reclining is recommended for a larger user to prevent circulation reduction in the back of the legs. This feature reclines the back of the seat at a faster ratio than the seat pan, helping keep the legs positioned correctly.

When choosing your office chair, the casters are also an important option to consider and one which many people forget. When using an office chair on carpet, the caters are of a completely different sort than on hardwood or linoleum. Make sure to consider where the chair will be used to get the easiest glide available. Some casters are made with locking mechanisms which are needed in some workspaces or optional glides to keep the chair stationary.

When choosing the options for your office chair, it is good to remember proper ergonomics, always keep in mind your body type and any special needs necessary and unique for your comfort.

Author Bio:
Amy Pedersen
has worked in the Ergonomics and Office Furniture
industry for over 10 years and is owner of Sit On This Ergonomics,
operating a number of ergonomic websites dedicated to Office
Chairs
and the practice of good Workplace Ergonomics.

Featuring a wide variety of Executive Chairs, Leather Office Chairs,
Mesh
Seating & Task Office Chairs with an Online Sales Catalog. Their
Huge
Office Chair Collection and the Sit On This Ergo
website
provides detailed ergonomic information on proper chair positioning and
seating in the workplace environment to help people to find the perfect
Office Chair for their situation.

Visit Our Office Chair Collection:
Sit On
This Ergonomics

More Ergonomic Information:
Ergonomics
Explained

How to Choose Your Chair:
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Ergonomic Software can Help to Remind Employees to Practice Good Ergonomics in the Office

Repetitive stress injuries are suffered by office keyboard and employees that sit in the office chair for hours each day and are growing in epidemic proportions as of recently. The number of workers compenstion claims stemming from repetitive stress injuries in the workplace is overwhelming. Unless a business is willing to change the way that their employees interface with their workstation and computer, the injuries and problems are going to get worse, not to mention more expensive on the companies paying out the insurance claims.

Recently ergonomists have been working on technological advancements to help employess to remember proper postioning and ergonomic posture everyday in the workplace. In the past 5 years, programs have been specifically designed to reduce both the workplace injuries and stress at the workplace. The research involoved in this mission involves the use of voice recognition software to help employees to practice proper ergonomics throughout the day.

Many companies are investing and starting the process of learning and educating themselves on proper erognomics in the office. The variety of software available now should help to improve user productivity and efficiency, and reduce both the incidence and severity of these RSI’s or repetitive motion injuries. The average employee works anywhere from 5-10 hours on the computer each day. This requires them to stay seated for an unhealthy amount of time and requires them to practice good ergonomic positioning if they plan to avoid injury.

Motion is pertinent to practicing good ergonomics in the workplace. This software which is being created and is already available on the marketplace, uses webcams and time release software in order to remind the user on a constant basis to practice the art of ergonomics and motion. Movement is critical to creating a healthy office environment and practicing ergonomics. Using these new software programs only helps to remind users how to position their bodies.

Once a habit is developed, as anyone knows, it is hard to break and hard to change the pattern of behaivor that comes with a habitual action. The same applies to sitting in ones office chair, it is hard to change the patterns of behavior in the workplace environment once one is used to doing things a certain way. Similar motions, over and over again may add up to a cumulative trauma disorder or RSI.

Sometimes these employees when not practicing good ergonomics can be faced with major potential job threatening problem or injuries. A combination of voice recognition and dictation software may be the solution to better seated postures and equipment positions. The new software even helps to remind the users and all employees to stretch It seems like the new voice dictation programs can help remind employees to stay in motion and to take constant breaks keeping their body healthy ergonomically in their seated position.

© 2007 Sit On This Ergonomics, LLC.

Author Bio:
Amy Pedersen
has worked in the Ergonomics and Office Furniture industry for over 10 years and is owner of Sit On This Ergonomics, operating a number of ergonomic websites dedicated to Office Chairs and the practice of good Workplace Ergonomics.

Featuring a wide variety of Executive Chairs, Leather Office Chairs, Mesh Seating & Task Office Chairs with an Online Sales Catalog. Their Huge Office Chair Collection and the Sit On This Ergo website provides detailed ergonomic information on proper chair positioning and seating in the workplace environment to help people to find the perfect Office Chair for their situation.

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Choosing Proper Office Furniture for Special Needs: Part 1

When searching for office chairs, it is easy to assume that one size fits all. However, to practice good ergonomics, the office chair can have many features designed to help the users who fall out of the range of normal size, has special health considerations, has an unusual job or works with unique machinery. The most popular extra features and options for an ergonomic chair are discussed here.

Proper armrest support is critical to alleviating back and neck pain when seated for long hours at the computer typing or using the mouse. Most armrest are designed for the user to take small break throughout the typing experience, answering phone calls, conversations, etc., when the user has the armrest for additional support and an armrest is needed.

Adjustable arms with height and width adjustments are recommended to get the proper elbow and wrist placement. This allows the user to put the armrest at the precise location for optimum elbow support. Some individuals have chronic forearm pain and manufacturers of ergonomic custom chairs have started to feature an option of a tilting armrests which would match the user’s natural motions forward and back.

Your spine is equally as important and good lower back relief comes from maintaining your natural curve in the lower lumbar (back) region. Most chairs don’t accommodate for this and it is absolutely necessary for proper lumbar support and comfort ability in the long term when seated for long periods of time at employment. Some users may have a large lordosis which is a fancy name for the lower back curve. These users may require an additional lumbar support bolster or pillow to help keep the natural curve.

For people with sensitive lower backs, an adjustable lumbar support may be necessary to truly find the comfort level desired when seated. Many new task chair models are already starting to feature this as a standard option because of the benefits of fitting that support your body type.

Author Bio:
Amy Pedersen
has worked in the Ergonomics and Office Furniture
industry for over 10 years and is owner of Sit On This Ergonomics,
operating a number of ergonomic websites dedicated to Office
Chairs
and the practice of good Workplace Ergonomics.

Featuring a wide variety of Executive Chairs, Leather Office Chairs,
Mesh
Seating & Task Office Chairs with an Online Sales Catalog. Their
Huge
Office Chair Collection and the Sit On This Ergo
website
provides detailed ergonomic information on proper chair positioning and
seating in the workplace environment to help people to find the perfect
Office Chair for their situation.

Visit Our Office Chair Collection:
Sit On
This Ergonomics

More Ergonomic Information:
Ergonomics
Explained

How to Choose Your Chair:
Picking
the Right Office Chair for You

Ergonomic Office Chairs Help Prevent Injury, Back Pain and RSI’s in the Workplace

Back Pain and Carpal Tunnel Syndrome are some of the most common work-related injuries costing businesses money every year. These injuries are often caused by ordinary tasks at work such as sitting in an office chair, repetitive motion or heavy lifting. When applying ergonomic office chair principles in the workplace, these problems can be prevented. Ergonomics in the office, or as easily stated, the study of the workplace as it relates to the worker can help provide a solution to these preventable injuries. Buying good office chairs and ergonomic furniture can help prevent Repetitive Stress Injuries as well as prevent back injury and help maintain a healthy back while at the office.

When starting a new ergonomic program in the office, the goal is to adapt the workplace to a specific user and their specific tasks at hand. How to position each workstation is dependent on the job description, required tasks and physical make up of the person performing the job. Typically people begin having back pain or sustain a back injury while on the job for quite some time and it normally takes quite some time for that same employee to start to realize how bad the injury is becoming in time to properly fix it.

An injury where no actual accident was involved, where the pain comes as a result of job activities and the requirements of the task is hard to catch in time to fix easily. Poor body mechanics (such as slouching in an office chair), prolonged activity without motion, repetitive motions for long periods of time, and fatigue are major factors contributing to these injuries. These injuries may occur from sitting in an office chair or using the desk and computer keyboard at the wrong heights allowing for improper blood flow. All these things could be avoided simply by positioning the office chair and desk to the user and teaching proper posture in the chair.

Accidental injury usually results when an event which a person did not expect triggers an injury from that unexpected event. This is not so with most office and employee workers compensation injuries anymore. A growing number of these injuries being reported in the office do not involve an accident but rather the tolls that one takes on the body when sitting at a desk for the long hours required by most jobs these days. With good ergonomics and a little practice, these injuries can be avoided and productivity has been known to increase with the employees being more comfortable and in better overall body health to do the work at hand.

© 2007 Sit On This Ergonomics, LLC.

Author Bio:
Amy Pedersen
has worked in the Ergonomics and Office Furniture industry for over 10 years and is owner of Sit On This Ergonomics, an eBay PowerSeller Store, operating a number of ergonomic websites dedicated to Office Chairs and ergonomics.

Selling on eBay for the past 7 years, Amy is considered an expert in all things eBay and offers her services to people looking to sell on eBay on an ongoing basis. Accepting jobs, she specializes in eBay Store Website Design and eBay Logo Design for eBay Store Owners as well as classes, lectures, blogs and private tutoring sessions with clients on all aspects of selling and owning an eBay business. Please contact her for more information through her websites if interested.

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