Century Office has over the last five years been designing ergonomic seating and desk ranges, in response to the increasing levels of complaints regarding bad backs in the office.
Whilst some companies do offer DSE (Display Screen Equipment) assessments and advice on occupational health, many still do not and certainly a large proportion are unaware of the legal obligation they are under to provide good advice and training to their staff “to ensure, so far as is reasonably practicable, the health, safety and welfare at work” (Health and Safety At Work Act, 1974).
In 1992 the government introduced the Health and Safety (DSE) Regulations, to help protect workers from injury through inadequate equipment, including chairs, VDU monitors and desks. In 2002 a further detailed regulation, Seating at Work (third edition, reprinted with amendments, published 2002) sets out in detail what is required by the employer in regards to seating.
Century Office is now offering its customers and companies locally an interactive presentation/demonstration to staff on the “Importance of C.A.P.S.” (Circulation, Activity, Posture and Support). This is a new initiative introduced by Century Office’s Managing Director and Product Designer, Steve Bays, to educate employees on how to adjust their chairs properly and how to set themselves up properly at the desk or workstations. The C.A.P.S initiative includes showing employees the functions of their chairs and how to achieve the correct seating position and posture, thus maximising comfort and productivity throughout the working day.
Steve Bays Director at Century Office comments “In the UK today we have a very mixed group of employers; some will buy any type of office chair, as long as it has “office chair” written in the description. Some will buy cheap chairs and throw them away when broken. Some see furniture as a non-profit making necessity, and some recognise the benefits of good furniture over worker’s performance and staff retention.” Steve continues, “It’s all about education; the Europeans and Americans have been getting it right for years by investing in good quality furniture and equipment for their employees. Companies in the UK really need to see the bigger picture and to recognise that a better, ergonomic chair, will not only heighten comfortability for the employee, but increase productivity for the employer by the reduction in posture-related illness amongst the workforce. At the same time, in order to comply, businesses need quality and affordability. By working with component manufacturers directly, we have been able to influence the adjustability and functions of our products that we offer and achieve more affordable prices for the customer.”
A BIG thank you to Steve for carrying out the chair/desk demonstration. Everyone found it most helpful.” Ellie also an employee at Tangent added: “I thought it was well delivered and helpful, as many people didn’t know that their seats had all that functionality.
Poor seating and posture can lead to sickness days and expensive sessions with the chiropractor, in fact The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has estimated that 30.4 million working days are lost due to work-related illness and workplace injury. (http://www.hse.gov.uk/statistics/)
Century Office are a leading UK office and contract furniture supplier, with over 40 years’ experience in the industry. They provide workplace solutions and offer a tailored approach for architects, interior designers and facility managers for small offices to large corporations as well as educational facilities.
Century has a full range of ergonomic seating and have recently launched two ranges of affordable electric sit stand height adjustable desks, Liberty and Autonomy Pro. For further information or to book a workshop visit www.century-office.co.uk or telephone 01206 844541 for more information.
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