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The Science Behind Ergonomics

by Andy on November 18, 2010

Ergonomic Chair“Ergonomics” is a term that we hear quite often in the workplace, but what does it actually mean?

Ergonomics comes from two Greek words: “ergon,” meaning work, and “nomoi,” meaning natural laws. It is the science of designing equipment and workplaces to fit different user needs by matching the job to the worker, rather than vice versa. Ergonomics individualizes workers’ capabilities and limitations within the workplace, and tailors equipment and workspaces accordingly.

The most serious ergonomic risk factors are found in jobs that require repetitive, aggressive, or lengthy exertions of the hands; continual heavy lifting; or extended sitting in static positions. Jobs with multiple risk factors are more likely to cause musculoskeletal problems such as carpal tunnel syndrome.

So what are the benefits? The primary advantage of ergonomics and work environments is the long and short-term safety of employees. This ultimately reduces costs by lessening the amount of money that may otherwise pay for worker’s compensation. Ergonomic tools such as screwdrivers and wire cutters also help improve efficiency in the workplace by simplifying everyday tasks, which in turn increases productivity.

Interested in making your workspace or home office more ergonomically-friendly? Ergonomically designed chairs are a good place to start!

Photo courtesy of www.seating-ergonomics.com.

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BioFit Ergo Seating – Another Green Company

by Andy on September 18, 2009

BioFit Logo Several months back we wrote about Wearwell mat company being a green company; BioFit is yet another company to consider what negative environmental impacts its products, processes, facilities and even shipping materials can create.

So what does BioFit do to go green?

BioFit takes the basic steps…

  • Turn off any equipment that’s not being used
  • Company-wide recycling stations for paper, cardboard and metal
  • Use energy-efficient bulbs when possible
  • Cut back on VOCs by using water-soluble adhesives and coatings

but the company also goes above and beyond…

  • Use recycled materials for processes and products
    • Aluminum castings – 100% recycled material BioFit Chair
    • Composite bases – 10% recycled material
    • Seat controls & steel – 10% recycled material
    • Cartons – 10% recycled material
  • Employing the most environmentally friendly processes available i.e. non-toxic powder coating
  • Avoid using cadmium, mercury, lead, etc… ELV and RoHS compliant
  • Use biodegradable degreasers and hand-cleaning products

In addition to a laundry list of steps BioFit takes to be environmentally conscious, it’s also important to note all BioFit chairs, stools, etc… (tables too) qualify to be used in green buildings around the U.S. BioFit seating products meet the indoor air quality requirements with ANSI/BIFMA protocol M7.1-2007, and are also compliant with the United States Green Building Council standard LEED CI EQ Credit 4.5, Low Emitting Material, Systems Furniture and Seating, Option C.

 

BioFit Green News

BioFit Chairs Now LEED® Compliant

BioFit Earns GreenGuard Certification for Tables

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Ergonomic Chairs Ergonomic is a fairly common word these days; ergonomic tools, ergonomic mouse, ergonomic keyboards, etc… Anything that has been ergonomically designed is more comfortable and allows the user to work more efficiently and safely; ergonomic chairs are no different.

Most people think sitting is a relaxing position but that’s not the case for extended periods of time. Sitting puts stress on the back from the weight of the upper body; there is increased pressure on the intervertebral discs and it slows circulation in the lower extremities. Ergonomically designed chairs can prevent all theses problems.

According to Spine-Health.com, here are some features of a good ergonomic chair:

 

  • Seat height – adjustable…feet should sit flat on the floor and thighs should be horizontal to the ground
  • Seat depth and width – Ideally a seat should be 17-20” wide and have enough depth to allow the user to sit with his/her back against the back rest and still have 2-4” from the seat of the chair to the back of the knees
  • Lower back support – this is essential in a good ergo chair…a good chair should have lumbar adjustment to support the lower back’s inward curve
  • Armrests – these should also be adjustable and should allow for arms and shoulders to rest comfortably without the forearm on the armrest

In the market for an ergonomic chair? All-Spec has a promotion on all our Bevco chairs (standard and ESD-safe) from now until September 30, 2009.

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