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Creating A Safer Lab With Ergonomic Seating
Lab safety is the cornerstone of function for any lab. Ergonomic seating is just one of the many ways you can protect your team from workplace injury and optimize your lab capabilities.
Ergonomics is the science of designing and arranging things to help ensure the safe and efficient interaction between the things and the people who use them. Ergonomic laboratory chairs and ergonomic laboratory stools are designed to help protect users from musculoskeletal disorders and repetitive motion injuries while aiding their performance in the accomplishment of particular tasks.
OSHA estimates employers spend $20 billion a year on work-related musculoskeletal disorders caused by lifting heavy items, bending, reaching overhead, pushing and pulling loads, working in awkward body postures and performing the same or similar tasks repetitively. The actual cost is much higher though, if you take into account lost productivity, employee turnover, and other indirect expenses.
While automation in the workplace can improve quality and productivity, many of the manual tasks that remain are repetitive. Work-Related Musculoskeletal Disorders (WMSDs) are injuries and disorders of soft tissues such as muscles, tendons, ligaments, joints and the nervous system caused by repetitive motions. WMSDs frequently involve arms, wrists, hands and back and account for 34% of all lost workday injuries and illnesses annually.
The first things we look at when designing seating for any specific purpose is the layout of the workspace where the chair will be used, the tasks to be performed by the user and how the chair will be expected to function in that context. Of the five key risk factors in ergonomic injuries, it’s important to remember that the chair offers control over posture only. Excessive repetitive movements, use of manual force, exposure to extremes in temperature and contact with vibration all have their own unique consequences. Yet, an ergonomically correct chair can give users an advantage by putting them in healthier working positions.
Comfort and productivity can be significantly improved if ergonomic risk factors are considered when designing your laboratory. The wide range of lab chairs and lab stools offered by H2I Group will help you create a safer and more comfortable workspace. Contact one of our experts today to learn more.
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