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Kinnarps launches healthy workplace campaign in the UAE

United Arab Emirates: Wednesday, July 10 - 2002 @ 14:15

Dubai, UAE
Kinnarps of Sweden, a leading provider of workplace solutions, has pioneered a campaign, which aims to encourage workers and their employers, to use ergonomics in order to maximise productivity while reducing stress and strain, both mentally and physically.

The campaign promotes the science of ergonomics, which is commonly known as the process of designing a workplace environment to increase workplace productivity by cutting down on work-related health disorders.

Barry Edwards, Consultant at Kinnarps of Sweden said, “Back pain is the biggest cause of sickness from work in the US and the UK, with neck and muscle disorders coming second. Although there are no official figures, we have no doubt that the same will apply in the UAE too. Ergonomics cannot eliminate these problems completely but focuses on identifying high-risk areas and situations at work that lower productivity levels. Once these have been identified, it is simply a matter of removing these factors from the workplace.”

Kinnarps has been joined by two other professionals in this field, Ms Nargis Raza L.C.S.P., a physical therapist with The Osteopathic Health Centre and Ms. Grainia Nash R.N., an occupational health advisor with BP/Amoco Sharjah Oil Company. Both medical professionals have been long-term supporters of ergonomics and health in the workplace, and are active in the promotion of this science.

Ms Nargis Raza said, “All too often the physical aspects of office work are totally ignored in the work place. By simply stepping back and asking yourself why your employees are taking days off through repetitive back injuries, for example, should bring to light the need to address some potentially serious issues. The number of patients I see with office related physical complaints could be dramatically reduced and overcome by the employer if even basic ergonomics were put in to practice. The campaign Kinnarps is piloting reflects the whole ethos of working in the perfect environment, an environment we would like to see every worker in.”

Ms Grainia Nash said, “Ensuring your employees are in a comfortable working environment is essential for any company. Addressing issues from the office furniture, atmosphere and ambiance to posture, eyes and reducing stress are factors that play an important role in making working life more enjoyable. The utilisation of effective ergonomics can mean your employee’s are working more efficiently and effectively, a position every business wants to be in. Through the Healthy Workplace Campaign we will be able to highlight the necessity of caring for yourself and for your staff in the office.”

The key objective of the campaign over the coming months is to make employers and employees aware that ergonomics is a subject to be taken seriously and, looking at it from a commercial perspective, can have a major effect on your bottom line.

The Kinnarps Healthy Workplace Campaign will be on going throughout 2002 and in to 2003, exploring a variety of areas and major issues affecting the employee the use of ergonomics.


About Kinnarps
Founded in 1942 in the small village of Kinnarp in Sweden, the business has developed in to a leading edge company supplying office solutions and workplace efficiency expertise to clients worldwide. Employing 3200 employees in 28 countries worldwide, Kinnarps is currently Europe’s fifth largest office furniture manufacturer, operating one of the most advanced and efficient production facilities in the world.

The first Kinnarps Middle East office opened in Dubai in 1992 in order to address the needs of the Middle East market. Further offices opened in Muscat, Oman, in 1994 and Riyadh and Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, in 1999. Kinnarps was the first business in the region to supply turnkey workplace solutions, a unique proposition that has grown to become Kinnarps’ key selling tool in the market today.

Issued on behalf of Kinnarps of Sweden by tamra C2. For further press information please contact Nick Wheywell or Fiona Smith on Tel: (971 4) 2951177; Fax: (971 4) 295 1188

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