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ERGONOMIC SHAPES: CHAIRS

What is ergonomics?
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Most people have heard of ergonomics and think it is something to do with seating or
with the design of car controls and instruments. It is...but it is much more! Ergonomics is
the application of scientific information concerning humans to the design of objects,
systems and environment for human use. Ergonomics comes into everything which
involves people. Work systems, sports and leisure, health and safety should all embody
ergonomics principles if well designed.
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Most of us spend at least half the day sitting. We sit in cars, trains and buses
on the way to work. During work, we sit most of the day performing
computer-intense work or participating in meetings. At the end of the day we
sit at home eating meals, engaged in conversation, reading a book, or
watching TV. Currently, in our information-based society, half of all workers are
sitting in offices and this number continues to grow.

As we have become a society that sits for a greater percentage of the day has
made the office chair a critical component in determining our overall comfort
and health. The chair must not only support the body but also must support it
as it changes position.

For the workplace, Industrial Designers design chairs to comfortably
accommodate workers of many different sizes, preventing the need to
continuously lean or overextend the arms. Ergonomically designed chairs
distribute a person's body weight evenly to avoid back and neck strain. These
chairs adjust to a user's height to ensure that the feet rest flat on the ground.