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The Australasian Furnishing Research and Development Institute (trading as Furntech and as AFRDI) is an independent not-for-profit technical organisation providing standards, testing, product certification and research for buyers and sellers of furniture in Australia and New Zealand. Products that have AFRDI approval usually have the blue tock of aproval or a certificate showing what level of AFRDI approval was achieved.

Furntech testing services / facilities, certification and development of standards include products covering:AFRDI Approval Tick

Commercial furniture
Height adjustable swivel chairs
Visitors chairs
Desks and Workstations
Monitor Arms
Filing Cabinets
Metal Storage furniture
Domestic furniture
Furniture Materials

Ideal Office Furniture offer a range of AFRDI tested and approved products ranging from height adjustable desks, metal storage solutions, chairs and monitor arms. For more information on AFRDI and our range of tested and approved products phone 02 9629 6666 and one of the team will be happy to help with your enquiry. The Ezitask Chair is one of the most popular AFRDI Level 6 chairs on the market and is locally made with a huge range of fabrics and options.

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ERGONOMICS is essentially about "fitting work to people". It's the process of designing or arranging workplaces, products and systems so that they fit the people who use them.

Most people have heard of ergonomics and think it is something to do with seating or with the design of car controls and instruments. It is. But it is much more! Ergonomics is the application of scientific information concerning humans to the design of objects, systems and environment for human use.

Ergonomics comes into everything which involves people. Work systems, sports and leisure, Health and safety should all embody ergonomics principles if well designed.

*Read below for some useful information on better office seating techniques.

STEP 1: Your Chair

Push your hips as far back as they can go in the chair.
Adjust the seat height so your feet are flat on the floor and your knees equal to, or slightly lower than, your hips.
Adjust the back of the chair to a 100°-110° reclined angle. Make sure your upper and lower back are supported. Use inflatable cushions or small pillows if necessary. If you have an active back mechanism on your chair, use it to make frequent position changes.
Adjust the armrests (if fitted) so that your shoulders are relaxed. If your armrests are in the way, remove them. 
 
STEP 2: Your Keyboard

An articulating keyboard tray can provide optimal positioning of input devices. However, it should accommodate the mouse, enable leg clearance, and have an adjustable height and tilt mechanism. The tray should not push you too far away from other work materials, such as your telephone.

Pull up close to your keyboard.
Position the keyboard directly in front of your body.
Determine what section of the keyboard you use most frequently, and readjust the keyboard so that section is centred with your body.
Adjust the keyboard height so that your shoulders are relaxed, your elbows are in a slightly open position (100° to 110°), and your wrists and hands are straight.
The tilt of your keyboard is dependent upon your sitting position. Use the keyboard tray mechanism, or keyboard feet, to adjust the tilt. If you sit in a forward or upright position, try tilting your keyboard away from you at a negative angle. If you are reclined, a slight positive tilt will help maintain a straight wrist position.
Wristrests can help to maintain neutral postures and pad hard surfaces. However, the wristrest should only be used to rest the palms of the hands between keystrokes. Resting on the wristrest while typing is not recommended. Avoid using excessively wide wristrests, or wristrests that are higher than the space bar of your keyboard.
Place the pointer as close as possible to the keyboard. Placing it on a slightly inclined surface, or using it on a mousebridge placed over the 10-keypad, can help to bring it closer.
If you do not have a fully adjustable keyboard tray, you may need to adjust your workstation height, the height of your chair, or use a seat cushion to get in a comfortable position. Remember to use a footrest if your feet dangle. 
 
STEP 3: Monitor, Document, and Telephone

Incorrect positioning of the screen and source documents can result in awkward postures. Adjust the monitor and source documents so that your neck is in a neutral, relaxed position.

Centre the monitor directly in front of you, above your keyboard.
Position the top of the monitor approximately 2-3” above seated eye level. (If you wear bifocals, lower the monitor to a comfortable reading level.)
Sit at least an arm's length away from the screen and then adjust the distance for your vision.
Reduce glare by careful positioning of the screen.
Place screen at right angles to windows
Adjust curtains or blinds as needed
Adjust the vertical screen angle and screen controls to minimize glare from overhead lights
Other techniques to reduce glare include use of optical glass glare filters, light filters, or secondary task lights
Position source documents directly in front of you, between the monitor and the keyboard, using an in-line copy stand. If there is insufficient space, place source documents on a document holder positioned adjacent to the monitor.
Place your telephone within easy reach. Telephone stands or arms can help.
Use headsets and speaker phone to eliminate cradling the handset. 
 
STEP 4: Pauses and Breaks

Once you have correctly set up your computer workstation use good work habits. No matter how perfect the environment, prolonged, static postures will inhibit blood circulation and take a toll on your body.

Take short 1-2 minute stretch breaks every 20-30 minutes. After each hour of work, take a break or change tasks for at least 5-10 minutes. Always try to get away from your computer during lunch breaks.
Avoid eye fatigue by resting and refocusing your eyes periodically. Look away from the monitor and focus on something in the distance.
Rest your eyes by covering them with your palms for 10-15 seconds.
Use correct posture when working. Keep moving as much as possible.

*Article written by Mark Dohrmann and Partners and is an information article only, not professional advice.

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The difference between local and imported office furniture, the different quality measures and ongoing availability are a constant topic of discussion and the more we learn about these two different methods of supply, the more we learn about the benefits of both options.

The locally made office furniture and office chairs are generally made up of a combination of local and imported componentry but are assembled or manufactured here in Australia. The reason for this is that some chair parts (such as alloy chair bases) are only available from off-shore suppliers due to the methods used to mould the different parts and the costs associated with this process.

Most of the timber office furniture products on the market are made locally due to design, specific dimensions and to ensure the timber will not crack or wharp in the Australian conditions. A timber from a different country may not adjust to our dry climate and therefore could end up rubbish after only a few years. The timber and timber veneer product suppled by Ideal Office furniture offer commercial warranties and are generally cured to ensure longevity.

Regardless of the product, Ideal Office Furniture still suggest that you pay for what you get in terms of office chairs and furniture and the origin of the item doesn't always determin its place in the market. Shop well, shop with confidence and ask questions, this in turn will ensure you make the right decision and have a great looking new office that will last.

Ideal Office Furniture (IOF) welcome any questions relating to their range of commercial and home office furniture and welcome any feedback.

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