5 advice on ergonomics in relation to disabilities

Good ergonomics are very important for disabled people, since many activities take place sitting down. They also important for carers and therapists in the work environment, within for instance support and training.

Sitting ergonomically in a VELA chair - adults at work

Good ergonomics

A VELA chair, e.g. with brake, relieves and stabilises a standing work posture, and makes it possible to switch between sitting and standing work.

Use the chair’s adjustment options for the seat, backrest and tilt to achieve a varied work posture, and allow for posture changes in relation to the task at hand.

Position the chair close to the task and avoid postures that involve working with a bent back and neck or with a long distance to reach.

Use the chair’s height adjustment to avoid working with raised shoulders and arms. Height adjustment also makes it easier for the carer when moving the person, for example.

Good ergonomics’ does not refer to a particular sitting position, instead it means variation and change in work postures during the course of the day
Karen Lyng, Occupational Therapist, Masters in Rehabilitation

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