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.
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/)
It is long known comfort and the right equipment increases performance.
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