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Backcare - an introduction

Good posture & comfort will require seating that will suit the user, the workstation and the task.

User Posture Reference Points

The User

Look for these posture reference points, but ensure optimum comfort is achieved dynamic sitting and movement.
• Line of sight to screen horizontal to 60 degrees below
• Erect spine
• Avoid twisting of the upper torso
• Aim for approximately horizontal thighs and 90 degree bend at the knee
• Adjust seat height
• Feet on the floor or footrest to give ankle to lower leg angle of about 90 degrees
Posture is important to Backcare

The Workstation

Look for these workstation reference points
• Upper arms hang vertically and forearm horizontally
• VDU centre should be at approximately 35 degrees below the horizontal line of sight from the eyes.
• Feet should be on the floor or footrest with freedom to move lower leg
Workstation Reference Points

The Workchair
The key element in the complexity of the total IT workstation can often be the Workchair which needs to suit the user, the workstation and the task.
An appropriate Workchair must offer good stable body support and enable the user to achieve a dynamic posture through movement of the chair (not twisting the body) during IT and office tasks or activity.

Workchairs for Individuals
Workchairs for Individuals
• An individual user should select a workchair to suit their personal physiology
• An individual user can often easily operate more controls to select optimum comfort and posture
Workchairs for Multi-Users
Workchairs for Multi-Users
• Multi user workchairs should suit the majority of users but where good comfort and posture cannot be achieved alternative or individual chairs must be available
• Ease of use is essential for multi-use. Single lever synchronized control mechanisms for seat back/seat tilt is preferable.
• Easy to adjust air inflatable lumber support can often ensure that high levels of comfort can be achieved for the majority of users.
• Ensure blood circulation in thighs and lower leg is not restricted
• Ensure good posture can be achieved, maintained comfortably and easily changed
• Ensure good spine support is attained
• Ensure that the seat height range suits the user and the workstation worksurface height.
• Appropriate fabric texture that will breathe and offer comfort as well as frictional support to prevent sliding off the seat
• Encourage frequent posture adjustment by the user
The physical dimension and features of our workchairs have been selected as a starting point in helping you to select suitable units.

We actively encourage the use of innovative design features to help ensure the highest levels of comfort and posture to suit the application or task.

We also encourage extended evaluation and endeavor to make initial units economical and speedily available even when custom manufactured in the chosen material.

Regular workstation assessments are essential to ensure good posture and comfort are achieved for each and every workstation user.   More information on current Ergonomic requirements for office work with display screens can be found in ISO 9241-5, please use the enquiry form for details.

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We offer a full range of Ergonomic Seating™ with just a few of our most popular models shown here. We also offer conference and boardroom seating, extended stem or counter chairs for laboratory &industrial applications, reception seating, control room furniture plus educational seating that incorporates many innovative features.

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