Industrial Task Chairs
Durable seating built to withstand demanding industrial environments, with options for every budget.
Conductive seating in fabric, polyurethane or vinyl and superior path to ground conductivity.
Chairs designed for cleanroom environments, with vinyl and self-skinning polyurethane models available.
Lab & healthcare seating resists chemical & physical damage and is easy-to-clean where hygiene is a concern.
Benefits of Proper Ergonomic Seating
"Proper sitting contributes to the physical well-being of a worker. It may also add as much as 40 minutes of production to each work day if the chair is properly selected and customized to support the lower back."
- (N.C. Department of Labor Occupational Safety and Health Program Report - A Guide to Ergonomics; Cherie Berry, Commissioner of Labor, OSHA State Plan Designee
Measuring for Proper Ergonomic Seat Height
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Health Issues and Ergonomic Seating
Any job or activity that requires a fixed position over a long period of time can cause musculoskeletal discomfort. Poor job and workplace design appears to contribute to many reported discomforts which are also found in other occupations. A key to preventing such discomforts is to assume a range of comfortable positions and to have adjustable furniture, such as the chair, display table and keyboard support. However, the degree of adjustability for any furniture and visual display depends on how long and for what purpose they will be used. Prolonged work in the same position, whether seated or standing, can cause discomfort. Where possible, movement should be incorporated into the task to prevent discomfort and fatigue.
A well-designed chair for the operator is one of the most important parts of a work station. It can favorably affect posture, circulation, the amount of effort required to maintain a position, and the amount of pressure on the spine.
10 Rules for Choosing the Right Ergonomic Chair
1. Make sure casters fit the intended use of the chair - i.e. Nylon casters for carpet, urethane casters for hard floor surfaces, etc.
2. The base of the chair should be the correct size and type for the size and type of chair. In general, larger chairs require larger bases for stability. If bases are plastic, they should be made of 30% glass-reinforced nylon with a metal hub insert.
3. Task chairs should have pneumatic seat height adjustment. This allows the seat height to be easily adjusted, acts as a shock absorber when sitting down and allows the chair to swivel so you don't have to twist your back when reaching for things. A brand name gas lift from one of the original manufacturers is advisable, as many lower priced versions are unproven at best.
4. The seat pan should tilt forward and backward, should lock into any position to provide the variation in postures required by the human body, and have a tilt tension control if the seat has a free float mode.
5. For a proper fitting seat:
a) The seat size must allow the user to sit back against the backrest while leaving approximately a three-finger width of clearance between the back of the knees and front of the seat.
b) The seat should have a waterfall (curves downward) front edge to reduce pressure on the veins beneath the thighs and should subtly curve up at the sides to redistribute the user's weight away from their seat bones.
c) The seat should not be 'dished out' (dip inward in the center), which puts pressure on the veins beneath the thighs and should not rise up at the back middle portion of the seat pan, as that puts extra pressure on the base of the spine.
d) The seat pan depth should be adjustable.
6. To ensure the best support for your back:
a) The backrest must have lumbar support built into its structure, not just the foam, as foam alone cannot provide the force necessary to re-position the lumbar spine back into its natural curvature.
b) The backrest must also have lateral curves to support the upper body, so as to reduce the amount of muscle activity required to keep it in the upright posture.
c) The backrest should be covered with foam to avoid having a hard structure come in direct contact with the user's back and should not have hard edges that can cause discomfort for some users.
d) The backrest should be the correct size for the length of the person's back.
7. The angle between the seat pan and back support should be greater than 90 degrees to help reduce stress on the structure of the spine. The backrest angle should be adjustable to allow the user to vary their posture.
8. The lumbar support should adjust up and down to accommodate people of different body types. A large range in lumbar height adjustment is more necessary than most people realize, as it must not only accommodate people of different heights but people of different weights, especially when additional weight is carried on the buttocks.
9. Adjustable arms (when appropriate) should:
a) Allow the user to pull their chair close to their work surface.
b) Support the weight of the user's arms to reduce stress on the shoulders and neck.
c) Provide guidance and support when getting in and out of the chair.
10. Adjustable chairs must be safe and well built to avoid injury. A low quality adjustable chair can cause more harm than good.
How Do I Choose the Right Chair?
If you're not sure which chair to buy, you should start with the application. Defining how and where the chair will be used will narrow down the number of choices you have.
At the top of this page, you will see three pictures that will help steer you to chairs we recommend. General Industrial chairs are for the widest range of applications. ESD chairs are specifically for static controlled environments. Finally, Cleanroom chairs are for cleanrooms and other critical environments.
Below these are the manufacturers. Clicking on a logo will take you to a brief description of the chair manufacturer and what sets their line chairs apart from the others. There isn't a great deal of redundancy; we've chosen chairs that best suit our customers needs.
If you have trouble finding exactly what you are looking for, you can always call us at (888) 903-0333
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for help. One of our experts can assist you in finding the appropriate chair for your needs.
Why Buy Chairs from Us?
Our focus is on selling, stocking, and supporting technical products that solve manufacturing problems. Our success in supplying highly technical equipment to manufacturers has extended our business across several industries. Having a thirty year history selling these products gives us these distinct advantages:
• We have carefully chosen all of our suppliers, we sell only the best chairs, and each chair has a specific set of benefits.
• We have an excellent selection, we offer over a hundred base chairs on our site, including the options you can select for each chair, making tens of thousands of possible combinations.
• We have the best possible pricing from all of our suppliers.
• Our product specialists have superior knowledge about the items we sell.