Keeping your office chair in good repair:
You may not have thought much about this, but you ask a lot of your office chair.
Every day you expect it to hold the weight of a human body and twist, turn and flex to a number of positions in order for you get a days work completed.
That is hard work for an office chair, and while that is what they are built for, if you do not practice proper office chair upkeep, they may not keep up the pace, and that could lead to a workplace injury.
No one likes instructions. Many people will take the instructions from something new and toss them, assuming they will figure it out on their own.
But while how to work an office chair may be common sense, that instruction sheet that comes with it may also have information on how to maintain the chair to give it a long, safe, working life.
You should make it a regular habit to check the chairs in the office.
If you are an employee, check the chair you use, make sure no bolts or screws are loose.
This is a common problem. Since an office chair is always being asked to move and turn and twist, over time screws and bolts may work their way out of the hardware.
If they come completely out, they could cause part of the chair to fall off, and someone may be injured as a result.
Problems with the seat and legs:
The area of the chair that is likely to have a problem is the junction between the seat and the stem to the legs. Look at this area closely for any signs of weakness.
Employers should make sure office chairs are checked for weaknesses, because if an employee is injured by a broken chair, their injury is your responsibility.
There needs to be an office policy for what to do with a broken chair.
In many offices once a broken chair is identified, the person who identified it shoves the chair into someone else’s space and gets a replacement for him or herself.
That just moves the damaged chair into the hands of another person, who may not check for a problem, and may end up with a workplace injury.
Broken chair policies:
Instead, have an office policy of where broken chairs go. If you do not have a specific space for them, make sure there is some way to positively identify a chair as in need of repair with a tag or a sign, so others do not try to use it.
Often broken chairs are pushed into conference rooms or training rooms where those who had the broken chair can grab a replacement, so an office manager should check the chairs in those rooms for safety.
If you are not sure what to look for when it comes to office chair problems, talk to a retailer that you can trust, such as The Barn Office Furniture. Those who work in the industry know where the weaknesses in office chairs are and can help you keep an eye out for a problem in your workplace.