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A close look at how to purchase proper laboratory seating and tables.
Working in awkward body postures can affect muscles, nerves, blood vessels, ligaments, and tendons. Therefore, what you sit on, is so important. Seating in laboratory environments is trending towards larger backs and seats, with a heightened focus on ergonomics.
Selecting the right laboratory seating and learning to sit properly helps prevent musculoskeletal disorders and improves your overall health. It even improves productivity! When sitting aim to support your back, adjust your chair, and put your feet on the floor with even weight on both hips. Be sure your laboratory table is at a comfortable height, computer screen at eyelevel, and keyboard at a comfortable distance and angle. To assure that you are sitting with the best posture, follow these key tips when buying laboratory supplies.
Determine your budget
Evaluate comfort and style
The materials of a chair determine the level of comfort of the chair. Cloth or leather are often more comfortable than vinyl.
Good seating gives good posture that result in fewer tension headaches, reduced backpain, increased energy levels, less tension in shoulders and neck, decreased risk of abnormal wearing of the joint surfaces, improved circulation, and digestion.
Use and maintenance
Specialty tables may be what your lab requires. For example, tables made from both phenolic resin and polypropylene are best for the harshest environments. Phenolic and polypropylene are both excellent at resisting moisture and acid, and either would be an ideal choice for a hospital central sterilization work area.
For seating, if leather is chosen, it is resistant to odors and easy to clean, while cloth will stain easily and absorb odors from the lab.
Research product warrantees and product reviews of the laboratory tables and chairs. For example, at Laboratory Design and Supply their products have a 13-year warranty.