The Chair

You should be able to adjust your chair so as to achieve a comfortable seated posture. The seat should be adjustable in height (i.e. relative to the ground) and the seat back should be adjustable in height (also relative to the ground) and tilt. Provided the chair design meets these requirements and allows you to achieve a comfortable posture, it is not necessary for the height or tilt of the seat back to be adjustable independently of the seat. Automatic backrest adjustments are acceptable if they provide adequate back support. Check that you understand how the adjustments function and that they are in good working order.

The chair should be stable, and should enable you to vary position without undue effort.

There is no requirement for a chair to have arms; it is a matter of user preference. If your chair does have arms, make sure that they do not prevent you from drawing yourself close to the work surface.

Some older chairs with hydraulic seat-height adjustment mechanisms are unsuitable for people weighing over 16 stones. If this applies in your case, check with your manager.

It is quite possible for a person to have a fully adjustable chair and still to be uncomfortable. This may, for example, apply to people above or below average height or to those who suffer from a back problem. If you have a medical condition that may require a special chair, or you cannot achieve comfort for some other reason, make sure that this is disclosed to your manager.


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This information is derived from the Health & Safety Manual and Kit
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