The traditional approach to dealing with office health and safety issues was to buy the “right” furniture and ergonomically-correct equipment. This article claims that this addresses only half the problem – the other half involves addressing the actual behaviors that cause sprains and strains.

Lifestyle choices, occupation specifics and passive sitting (where the weight presses down on the tailbone) are identified as factors in creating injuries. Regular exercise sessions and stretching techniques (“active sitting”), educating the workforce on posture and ergonomics, and offering training sessions on posture and lifestyle changes are highly recommended here.

The article ends with a look at a new device – the “Body Bolster” (www.bodybolstger.com) designed to help workers keep their spine and core muscles moving while seated at their desks.

Source: Flavia Abbate, Office Solutions (Mt. Airy); Jan, 2007

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