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Ergonomics is a word many of us have heard before; especially, if we are in the office furniture industry. When the topic comes up we usually stand or sit up a bit straighter. But what exactly is ergonomics? And how can you control your personal workspace ergonomics?

According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, ergonomics is “an applied science concerned with designing and arranging things people use so that people and things interact most efficiently and safely.” One of the things people use on a daily basis is a chair.

You can begin to control your personal workspace ergonomics by appropriately adjusting your chair. There are four basic adjustments on a task chair that can significantly improve your overall ergonomics: seat height, seat depth, arm rest position, and back/lumbar support.

Seat Height 

 

Your seat height should be adjusted so that your knees are close to a 90 degree angle and your feet are resting flat on the floor or a footrest. Having your chair too high or low can create pressure points throughout the day that effects circulation.

 

Seat Depth

Seat depth should be adjusted so your back comes in contact with the back of the chair. You should also still have enough space between the back of your legs and the front of your seat to place a couple fingers. Again this will eliminate a pressure point while sitting.

Arm Rest Position

Arm rests should be used to support your arms in a relaxed position to elevate tension and pressure on your neck and back. Your shoulders should be square and not up by your ears. Your elbows should be closer to your body and not out like “chicken wings.”

Back Lumbar Support

Back supports are intended to support the back while sitting and still allowing for some recline movement. You should sit back in your chair and position the lumbar support to support your lower back. Having proper spine alignment helps relieve back and neck strain.

These examples of adjustable chair features are just a few of many factors that contribute to a more ergonomically safe workplace. Visit hon.com today to learn more about HON’s practical seating solutions that can be customized to fit the needs of almost any user.