The ErgoKneeler™ is a uniquely profiled kneeling pad and stool integrated into a single piece of equipment. The ergonomic design alleviates the compression forces and postural discomfort associated with kneeling or squatting and promotes good spinal posture. To facilitate optimum posture and comfort for the individual, the position of the stool is adjustable.
Introducing a new dynamic approach to low height working, the ErgoKneeler™ reduces the need for prolonged static postures by enabling the user free movement across a range of functional and balanced low working positions whilst carrying out a task. Frequent movement and changes to position throughout the duration of a task helps alleviate the damaging musculoskeletal stresses and pressures that can result from static kneeling or squatting.
Moulded in sealed polyurethane foam, the ErgoKneeler™ has smooth lines and is easy to clean. To promote infection prevention an active antimicrobial additive is incorporated throughout the foam and within the product’s tough lacquer coating. The product labelling and the specialist areas providing slip resistance on the underside are also antimicrobial.
Used in accordance with the ErgoKneeler™ ‘Information and Guidelines for Use’, the ErgoKneeler™ aims to promote the comfort and musculoskeletal health of nurses, midwives, podiatrists, therapists, educational staff, care staff or anyone who undertakes tasks at a low height.
The ErgoKneeler™ is designed, developed and manufactured entirely in the United Kingdom.
It has long been recognised that low working postures such as kneeling and squatting are very uncomfortable and potentially damaging. The longer such positions are sustained and the more frequently they are adopted, then the greater the risk of resulting injury and cumulative damage. Research now shows that regular, prolonged static kneeling or squatting increases the risk of developing osteoarthritis of the knees at an earlier age.
Where possible, low height working should be avoided but sometimes it may be the only way that certain tasks can be carried out. For many people in many industries, repetitive and prolonged low working postures are an inherent aspect of their daily work.
The ErgoKneeler™ provides an option for managing the musculoskeletal stresses and discomfort arising from unavoidable low height working providing its use is ergonomically assessed as suitable for task and user. The ergonomic design:
- Supports the knees and ankles away from their end of range position, reducing stress on muscles and joint structures. The support to ankles also frees the feet to move during kneeling, promoting circulation.
- Supports body weight, relieving the compression forces on the joints and tissues in the lower limbs.
- Cushions the knees against the hard floor. The long mats provide protection and a clean kneeling surface for the entire length of the lower legs.
- Positions the pelvis to promote natural spinal curves, reducing both static muscle tension and the stressing of spinal structures. To achieve optimum spinal posture, the task must be undertaken at around the waist height of the user. For example, a limb support or low stool can position a client’s leg at a suitable height for a nurse to carry out leg dressings.
- Facilitates positioning of the task close to user, reducing the need to stoop or overreach.
- Enables movement between full kneeling, half kneeling (alternating sides) and sitting, the user being able to maintain a secure, balanced low working position throughout the task. Frequent changes of position helps maintain flexibility of soft tissues, promotes circulation and reduces the build up of pressure through the knees that results from prolonged static kneeling
- User Load Capacity – 115kg
- Approximate weight 4kg – within the HSE “Guideline Weights for Lifting and Lowering” providing that good manual handling principles are followed. Users are advised to follow their organisation’s Moving and Handling Policy, Training and Procedures when handling the ErgoKneeler™.
- The ErgoKneeler™ is in its most ergonomic lifting and handling position when tipped onto its back. The handle then assumes a vertical position enabling the lift to be from mid-calf level rather than the floor. The ErgoKneeler™ MUST ALWAYS be lifted by the handle, NOT by the stool or kneeling mats as this may cause damage to their structure.
- To minimise moving and handling, store the ErgoKneeler™ as close as reasonably practicable to the area of use. Community Health Trusts may find it more practical to issue an ErgoKneeler™ to the home of a client for the duration of the treatment period as this will minimise the manual handling requirement for staff.
- As with all other low height equipment, due care must be taken when positioning the ErgoKneeler™ in order to avoid trip/slip hazards.
The foam kneeling mats of the ErgoKneeler™ MUST NOT be folded as this may cause damage to their structure. Due care must be taken in storage and during transportation.
Avoid prolonged static kneeling
IMPORTANT – Please note! Prolonged static kneeling increases the risk of injury and cumulative damage, particularly to the knees. Frequent movement and change of position throughout a low working task helps alleviate the pressures and stresses that can cause injury and damage.
The ErgoKneeler™ is specifically designed to enable easy and frequent change of position between full kneeling, half kneeling (alternating sides) and sitting during unavoidable low working. It must be used accordingly and MUST NOT be used to prolong static kneeling.
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115 kg SWL