Active Seating – A Better Alternative to the Office Chair?

Niamh Pentony

Niamh Pentony

MSc. Applied Ergonomics

When you think of an office chair, most people think of the standard swivel chair and rightly so as this is the most common chair that we see being used in offices and home workstations. 

As per the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work (General Application) Regulations 2007, Chapter 5 of Part 2: Display Screen Equipment, there is a minimum standard for chairs to be used at a DSE workstation. This includes a 5 spoke base on castors, height adjustable seat and adjustable backrest. These are considered the minimum requirements to allow DSE seating to be supportive and comfortable for most users. 

With hybrid and home working, users have more flexibility in the seating they choose to use as they are the sole user. During virtual home DSE assessments, I am increasingly asked, by users looking to purchase their own seating, about the benefits of an active seating option over the traditional office chair.

In this episode I will highlight some of the active seating options available for DSE users, as well as the pros and cons of active seating as a workstation option.

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