According to the charity Backcare, the NHS spends more than £1 billion per year on back pain related costs. In 2003-2004 nearly 5 million working days were lost as a result of back pain and it is estimated that during any one year up to half the adult population will have back pain.
So what can employers do to provide a comfortable and safe workplace for their employees, to help prevent back related injuries and to support those who already suffer with back pain?
It all starts with good workplace design.
This can seem a simple task however experts in this field, such as Randalls Office Furniture, will carry out a full assessment of the office space whilst taking into account the customer’s brief. Using recommendations by the Health & Safety Executive, they can then produce space plans to fit staff into their work environment in the most beneficial way.
Recommending the right office furniture products is also key. From choosing the most efficient chair for the task required, to the right workstation, and the positioning of PC monitors and laptops. Use of an adjustable chair is now a minimum requirement, as recommended by the Health & Safety Executive (HSE) for daily office use.
Where there are pre-existing back and posture problems, there are a number of specifically designed furniture products to support the user correctly:-
Orthopaedic Chairs – ergonomically designed for individuals with back pain who need the correct support and comfort. Randalls Office Furniture offer a wide range of orthopaedic chairs to suit different work related tasks individuals work tasks, from Executive Chairs to 24hr Chairs.
Height Adjustable Desks – an ideal solution for the workplace. Some people like to stand whilst working to help back problems, disabled workers have individual requirements and people job sharing or hot-desking need to work at different heights. Height adjustable desks offer a flexible solution for employers.
To arrange a workplace assessment and to discuss your office furniture needs with a Specialist, contact Randalls Office Furniture today on 0117 3600 123.