Office Chair

A display screen equipment user will spend the majority of their working day seated at their workstation so it it is important that employers provide basic training to promote good posture. Poor posture may contribute to illness such as back ache, poor circulation, poor digestion and more.
An office chair should meet the minimum requirements as detailed in the Dispaly Screen Equipment Regulation to allow users to achieve a comfortable posture. Chairs should be adjustable height and provide back support that is adjustable and tiltable. A footrest may be necessary if user cannot place feet flat on floor. Chairs should move with the user.

Correct posture whilst seated
  • When seated keep the back straight, shoulders parallel of hips and don’t slouch forward.
  • Ensure the back of the chair supports your spine and knees should be very slightly below hip level.
  • Forearms should be at 90 degrees to upper arms and wrists and hands kept straight.
  • Try not to cross legs under your workstation, ensure there is plenty of legroom to move freely.
  • Feet should be positioned flat on the floor or supported by a footrest.
  • Avoid being seated in one position for too long, try to take regular exercise and breaks.
Exercising at you're workstation
With prolonged use of display screen equipment maintaining good posture at all times may prove difficult so to help combat the effects of poor posture physical exercising should be carried out throughout the day whilst seated. Here are a few exercises to get you started.
  • Breath in through nostrils so the chest expands. Hold and release (do this 5 times).
  • Feet flat on the floor push down on toes and so heel of foot raises in air (hold for 10 seconds).
  • Put legs out in front of you so thigh and calf muscles are straight. Toes may touch the modesty panel at the back of the desk (hold for 5 seconds).
  • Press the palms of your hands together. Raise your elbows so at 90-degrees to your chest (hold for 10 seconds).
  • Arch back and tilt head backwards. Hold for 5 seconds and forward until chin rests on chest (hold for 5 seconds).
  • Sitting upright on you're chair move feet up and down as if you are walking on the spot (do this for 30 seconds).
Repeat the above routine as often as required. Feel free to adapt any of these exercises or introduce your own exercises to the routine.

Chair Posture, Ergonomic Office Chair, Ergonomic Safety