X-Code gives germs the aXe

With a third of our lives spent at work between desk work and meetings, health is often the last thing on our minds.

April 8, 2014

With a third of our lives spent at work between desk work and meetings, health is often the last thing on our minds. Ergonomically designed with an antibacterial coating and a fabric that acts as a second skin; Dauphin’s new X-Code office chair is the definitive office seating solution that ensures your wellbeing when you simply don’t have the time.

According to the Healthy Workplace Project1 studies have revealed that the average desk has 400 times more germs than a toilet seat and that 4,5 percent of average companies’ employees are not attending work on a daily basis due to illness.

To combat the spread of bacteria and infections in the workplace, “X-Code” the newest addition to Dauphin HumanDesign® Group’s offering of office chairs is designed to protect users with an antibacterial silver micro-coating incorporated into its armrests. A unique feature within the office furniture sector, the coating kills germs rather than preventing them from sticking to surfaces. With the coating used mainly on door fittings in practices and clinics, the “X-Code” is the only office chair to make an important contribution towards avoiding infections.

Tension membrane ensures ergonomic flexibility

But the micro-coating isn’t the only way the Dauphin HumanDesign® Group’s is helping professionals stay healthy in the workplace. Studies conducted by the American Association of Orthopaedic Surgeons and American Chiropractic Association have shown back pain as the most common reason for absenteeism with an estimated 186 million work days lost each year to back pain alone. Poor posture is listed as one of the causes.

As a leader in producing ergonomic office future, Dauphin HumanDesign® Group is the first office seating company in South Africa to receive the Ergonomics Society of South Africa (ESSA) stamp of approval for considering the long-term wellbeing of users, particularly in regards to its Dat-O Chair. The X-Code follows in these footsteps to deliver the best in ergonomic design with a backrest made up of a sturdy plastic shell with a flexible tensioned membrane. This, along with an integrated lordosal support and slates running the length of the backrest, provides cushioning across the structure and ensures maximum pressure distribution across the lowerback, the area supporting the weight of the entire torso and most susceptible to back pain.

“We believe that good design must always make sound ergonomic sense and be functionally advanced,” says Debbie Arnoldi-Radford, MD of Dauphin HumanDesign® Group. “With the X-Code, not only have we created a chair that is dynamic in its design, but we’ve taken into account that professionals are too busy to think about their posture and everyday bacteria, so Dauphin and the X-Code are doing it for them, and have made sure to make it as easy as possible.”

“Wovenit” fabric a second skin

At the heart of the X-Code chairs, and covering the tensioned membrane structure, is the innovative backrest fabric produced with the patented “Wovenit” technology. Commonly used in the sports shoe industry, this ultra lightweight and virtually seamless fabric moulds to the movements of the user like a second skin. By bringing together the integral backrest structure and the soft “Wovenit” fabric, the X-Code achieves optimum climatic conditions when sitting and provides optimum support for the entire back, allowing for an active yet relaxed posture without the typical symptoms of fatigue.

Often, the operating of office chairs can be complicated, but Dauphin HumanDesign® Group has also ensured that with the X-Code range, all of the operating components are arranged ergonomically, and are easily accessible and integrated compactly into the mechanism. By enabling the user to easily adjust the chair when sitting, the X-Code provides practical functionally to any user, making it easier than ever before in achieving a healthy seated posture.

For more information and stockist details, contact the Dauphin HumanDesign® Group on 011 447 9888, 021 448 3682 or go to www.dauphin.co.za