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Health and Safety at work - my office chair

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I go to work each day and spend most of my time in a very ordinary looking open plan office doing a fairly typical office job sat at a desk with a computer.  Then one day a large important looking man came into our office and said he was going to carry out work place assessments to ensure that we comply with health and safety regulations.

He came over to my desk and asked if he could "observe my working practices for the next few minutes".  After a short time he told me that I wasn't sitting properly, my phone was not properly positioned and my monitor was at the wrong angle.

He then showed me how to sit at my desk properly (having used a chair for the last 28 or so years of my life I thought I had it covered), how to hold my mouse correctly and the correct position for my screen.  I know this is done to avoid RSI etc.  and after a quick chat and a bit of a telling off I had to sign a form to say that I had read the guidelines on "using my workspace".  He then set off to assess the next member of staff.

A regular open plan office, health and safety regulations Then the very next day he came back in and we all have to learn how to lift a cardboard box in the correct fashion.  Of course all this was to make sure we comply with those health and safety regulations.  Personally I thought it was all a bit silly.

However it turns out my chair actually isn't any good for me and a new one has been ordered at a cost of around 500!  I have to say it is much more comfy than the old one, but its come out of our budget and my manager is fuming with me now!

I think that money was earmarked for the Christmas party or something, so now Im the least favourite person in my team and all because some bloke said I slouched a bit!

So don't worry about the leaky pipe in the gents, or that gas like smell coming form the basement storage on the first floor or the crazy employee that insists on driving into the company car park at 100mph, hand braking to a stop inches from the car next to him.  Don't worry about the bloke who regularly has a quick out by the fire exit or indeed the dubious looking cleaner that you are sure is nicking stuff from your desk.

Oh no, you want to make sure you sit at your desk in the correct manner!

By: Billy no wages


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cj

cj

the health and safety morons should **** off and get a life, they have no idea what they are doing they are just another product of the neurosis of our mindless society
cj
25th Feb 11 07:57

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grumpyoldwoman

grumpyoldwoman

Kit, bad luck with the knee. I'd hate it if I couldn't use my back chair!

Unfortunately I don't know about whether they help hip problems, but I can't see how they would be harmful as your hips are not as bent when you're sitting on one as they are on an ordinary chair.
grumpyoldwoman
24th Oct 10 09:09

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Kit

Kit

grumpyoldwoman,

I had one of those but had to stop using it after I tore the meniscus disc in my knee. The knee seems to have settled now, although it took years to do so.

Do you happen to know if "back chairs" are helpful or harmful for hip joint problems?
Kit
23rd Oct 10 17:48

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grumpyoldwoman

grumpyoldwoman

On a serious note, although I think I may be repeating myself, I sit quite alot in my job and used to get lower and upper back problems.

The osteopath I went to recommended a "back chair" (the ones with a seat at an angle and another bit to put your knees on). The company bought me one for about £40 (not £500!) and I have no trouble since.

I don't think that any chair, even a £500 one, will make you sit in the correct posture for your back unless it is of this design.

Regarding the general subject of H&S at work; the grumpyoldman says if it gets any worse he will have to produce a method statement for using the on site loos. (He didn't quite put it like that though!)
grumpyoldwoman
23rd Oct 10 10:23

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grumpyoldwoman

grumpyoldwoman

David; "Xmas parties funds should not be part of company purchase orders for equipment and safety."

It all comes out of company funds! Do you really think small companies can afford to put aside money just for safety equipment these days? If they need to buy something unexpected they have to do without something else.
grumpyoldwoman
23rd Oct 10 09:18

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old but still grumpy

old but still grumpy

In the old days there was none of this health and safety nonsense, an individual workman had enough pride to take responsibility for his own individual safety needs. There was no screaming for compensation every time he needed a plaster.
old but still grumpy
22nd Oct 10 22:52

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DSG

DSG

Let me guess,there's also a field for lifting boxes,eh David?
DSG
22nd Oct 10 19:12

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DSG

DSG

"I saw no proof that the other factors you state regarding gas smells and idiots driving so fast into the carpark were no goiing to be addressed."It's called sarcasm David,if you're really this stupid!
DSG
22nd Oct 10 19:10

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DSG

DSG

"What were the consequencies of not sitting correctly?" Does this man (or woman) live on planet earth?
DSG
22nd Oct 10 12:38

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DSG

DSG

hey DAVIDJOHN! Not all people are as stupid as you! We don't need retards like you telling us how to sit "properly"without getting back pain,or how to lift boxes without dropping them! Some of us actually USE common sense in these situations,but retards like you throw all common sense out the window! Plus,sitting on a chair or lifting a box is not overly complicated,you know! ANY idiot can do both those things without retards like YOU telling US what to do! So don't worry if hard-earned company money is spent on some stupid $500 chair,as long as ONE employee doesn't have chronic back pain(!)
DSG
22nd Oct 10 12:34

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DSG

DSG

All of you braindead numpties who ACTUALLY enforce this health and safety BS should be rounded up and wiped off the polluted face of the earth!
DSG
16th Oct 10 18:47

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adunuf.

adunuf.

health and safety is promoted and enforced by spineless socialists with a marxist agenda...everybody has a price...health and safety inspectors are on a good wack and will turn into hypercrites to justify their job and carefully single out circumstances and individuals to criticize. Once your backs turned their as bad if not worse than any body else. People are routinely performanced out of their job if they take a stand against health and safety. Yet this is the catch 22....stress in the work place is the numero uno of health and safety problems at work......watch out Mr Health and safety the tables are turning.
adunuf.
23rd Sep 10 19:35

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anon

anon

I did a health and safety course once, and as part of that course was shown how to lift a box correctly "Lift with your legs, not your back etc etc" The only problem was that the box was empty and weighed no more than a few grams and you could easily pick it up with your thumb and forefinger! But we had to pretend it was full and do as the guy said or we would not get the health and safety certificate, which in turn would mean losing your job. How petty is that!
anon
15th Sep 10 16:00

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DAVIDJOHN

DAVIDJOHN

Okay Billy no wages and company lets take a look at what you wrote shall we?
First of all the way you sit and position your VDU has an afect on your posture and all the talk of common sense did not make you position your desk correctly did it? You had to be shown. What were the consequencies of not sitting correctly ? well chronic aching back pain is one for a start which would mean in a few years down the line you losing time of work which would cost your employer more than buying you a chair right now. In your story I saw no proof that the other factors you state regarding gas smells and idiots driving so fast into the carpark were no goiing to be addressed. This man was a specialist within the field he conducted his survey into. Under the HSAW act 1974 it is your duty to report the gas smell and driving at speed problem so you should not complain it is not being sorted if you have not reported it.
If your employer/manager is picking on you for receiving equipment that prevents ill health due to bad backs then he is at fault, as he is begrudging you the correct equipment for carrying out your duties injust the same way as giving you a computer enables you to carry out your duties. You have fallen into a false sense of what is working equipment and not realised being safe from accidents, and ergonomic illnesses and stress is all part of modern working life. We have gone a long way from the days that employees had to suffer so that the employer could make more profits. Xmas parties funds should not be part of company purchase orders for equipment and safety.
DAVIDJOHN
15th Dec 09 14:38

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J Clarkson

J Clarkson

Health and Safety at work. Just one of the ways the Government is trying to wreck this country altogether. It's just a load of bullspit dreamed up by these politically correct, hi-vis wearing clowns. The way I see it, if you are thick enough to stick your hand into a dough mixer, wire a plug whilst standing in a jacuzzi or work under a truck that is propped up with a laundry basket, then you shouldn't be allowed into society altogether!!
J Clarkson
30th Jul 09 22:21

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