The Good Seat
by Amy Milshtein
A staple in office environments, task chairs, computer tables and other ergonomic furniture allows comfort while avoiding injuries. Are students ready for ergonomic equipment in their environment?
Ergonomics in the office environment is nothing new. Today, actively ergonomic task chairs and variable-height work surfaces protect people from a variety of musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs). A safer, healthier workplace has become de rigueur for the modern employee. But what about tomorrow’s human resources? Today’s students are computing earlier and longer than we ever will, and complaining about neck and back pain sooner they we ever did. Is the time ripe to look at ergonomics in the college environment?