H and L office furniture on office chairs:

You expect your office chair to take care of you as you complete the day's work. But have you ever thought about taking care of your office chair so it will help you do the day's work? Office chair maintenance can make the difference between an office chair that has a long life, and the added expense of replacing a costly piece of office furniture.

While it looks like just a chair, an office chair is really a complex piece of equipment. When you sit in the chair notice how can move with you, to the sides, back and forth, and support your body as you make the motions necessary to get your job done. All those motions the chair makes involve a number of springs and other parts being in good working order.

When you first purchase an office chair, you should keep the instructions. While you may not need instructions to know how to use the chair, these instructions also often have a lot of information on how to ideally maintain that chair to keep it working for many years to come. Go over the maintenance list periodically, making sure all bolts and screws in the chair are property tightened.

A big problem area in an office chair is the place where the seat portion of the chair attaches to the base. Turn your office chair over and take a look at this area. It likely has a brace of some sort that is screwed or bolted into the seat of the chair and holds it firmly onto the base. Any of those bolts or screws can come loose over time, and need focused attention when it comes to your office chair maintenance schedule.

Another thing to check is to assure that the springs that allow the chair to lean have not become too weak. Lean the chair in all the directions it is supposed to go. Does it lean too far? Is it a risk to someone falling over?

From an employer standpoint, an unsafe chair could mean a worker's injury, which you will be responsible for. So you should set up a schedule of maintenance on the office chairs.

There should also be an office policy in place of what should be done if there are broken or breaking chairs in the office. Often times people just put the broken chair to the side, but if there is no way to tell it is broken or in need of other repairs, someone else may take that chair to use, and could be injured as a result.

Instead of taking this risk, there should be a specific place that employees take the broken chairs, or a way to mark the chairs, with a sign or tape, to let others know they should not be used.

Proper chair maintenance can save a company a lot of money and productivity - money for chair replacement and productivity for the cost of an employee's time if they are injured because of a broken chair.