Ergonomic Assessment of Office Chairs in Vadodara City, India
- 1Department of Family and Community Resource Management, Faculty of Family and Community Sciences, The Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda, Vadodara, India
- 2Department of Family and Community Resource Management, Faculty of Family and Community Sciences, The Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda, Vadodara, India
Res. J. Recent Sci., Volume 5, Issue (10), Pages 15-19, October,2 (2016)
The research studies highlight that a seating as per ergonomic standards should be given to the worker by the employees. Every 15 seconds, a worker dies from a work-related accident or disease. Every 15 seconds, 153 workers have a work-related accident. Every day, 6,300 people die as a result of occupational accidents or work-related diseases – more than 2.3 million deaths per year. To assess the available office chairs as per the ergonomic standards in the market of Vadodara City, Gujarat. A market survey on the different office chairs available in the market of Vadodara was conducted. The office chairs were of different style and different price range starting from Rs. 2,000 – Rs. 28,000. The market survey revealed that good chairs which provide more comfort were expensive and not bought very often by the users. Thus, provisions should be made to have some economical options for the users so that they don’t have to compromise on the comfort.
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