With the move towards more desk-based jobs, we are seeing more people complaining of back pain, neck pain, shoulder pain, wrist pain etc. Many of these complaints can directly relate to your work posture and environment and may be helped with just a few quick adjustments.
Ergonomics optimises the interface between people, their job and their environment. An ergonomic workstation set up is safer and more comfortable for workers. It has also been shown to reduce physical/mental stress, increase productivity, increase morale and reduce sick leave.
There are a number of factors to be addressed, firstly let’s start with the chair. By law, your chair must have a stable base, have freedom of movement, be height adjustable and provide adjustable lumbar support. You may have the best chair available, but if it is not set to your individual requirements it is worthless. When setting up your chair, check that:
Once your chair feels comfortable for you, adjustments may be needed at your desk.
After making these basic adjustments, it is still important to move regularly and stretch. Some stretches may be carried out at your desk e.g. shoulder rolls, neck stretches, arm stretches etc. but as a general guide try to take regular breaks and move more.
Under the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work (General Application) Regulations 2007, employees who work with a computer must have a workstation set up that is not a risk to their health and must be trained in the safe use of the workstation.
If you feel that your workstation set up is affecting your health, contact us today at 0863862001 to arrange for Rachel to visit your workplace and carry out a full assessment.