Ergonomics in the office

The dangers of inactivity have been well publicized. You may have seen the fear-inducing headlines that too much sitting is killing you. So it’s not surprising that office workers are turning to standing desks and exercise balls as alternatives to the office chair. However, these alternatives come with injury risks of their own, which could trigger a workers compensation claim. Exercise balls offer no back support and prolonged standing is linked to reduced circulation and discomfort in the feet and the lower back.

For the people who have eschewed chair alternatives, a recent article in the Workplace Safety section of the Travelers website lists what to look for in an office chair according to Travelers risk control ergonomics professionals:

  • A pneumatic height adjustment.
  • A height adjustable lumbar support.
  • A seat back which can either be locked in an upright position or inclined up to 110 degrees.
  • Adjustable padded armrests with rounded edges.
  • An adjustable seat pan.
  • A five caster base with appropriate casters for the flooring surface.

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