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August 16, 2016

Ergonomics Pays : A Series On Lowering Costs in the Workplace : Work Benches and Chairs

Ergonomic work benches

Work bench components need to be designed for a variety of purposes. One purpose is looking after the well-being of employees, as benches fitted with easy-adjustable features are preferable wherever possible.

After a brief training, including how to adjust chairs, employees can make all the necessary adjustments independently so they may work in their best posture and, more importantly, modify that posture at any time.

When it comes to requirements such as dimensions, load-carrying capacity and components, it is the work process carried out at the workstation that is the main deciding factor. The station should have enough legroom under the table top, and the top should be made from a material that prevents glare from reflections and minimizes unpleasant contact temperatures.

The ergonomic chair

The quality of an operator’s chair has a major impact on comfort and well-being. The chair should fit users of various sizes and enable them to sit in a variety of postures.

Ideally, the seat should be height adjustable, be able to dip forward, and slightly rotate. To ensure users can always adopt a comfortable posture, the back rest should be height adjustable and have a tilt mechanism that includes tension control. The chair should also have castors with brakes and, in the case of stools, casters that look in position when under load. This minimizes the risk of accidents without compromising mobility.

A high quality chair should be adjustable intuitively while sitting down. In industrial settings, such a chair should have upholstery that is easy to clean, resistant to lubricants and cleaning agents, and very durable.