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Oct 13, 2011

CCOHS highlights the health issues surrounding prolonged sitting at work, and what workers can do to avoid the risks of sitting too long.

Released: October 13, 2011
File Size: 3.58 MB
Length: 3:55 minutes


CCOHS
four and a half years ago

Hi Jan,
Here is some information on standing work stations.
OSH Answers – Working in a Standing Positions http://ccohs.ca/oshanswers/ergonomics/standing/standing_basic.html
“Workplace design should fit the variety of workers' shapes and sizes and provide support for the completion of different tasks.
Different tasks require different work surface heights:
• Precision work, such as writing or electronic assembly - 5 cm above elbow height; elbow support is needed.
• Light work, such as assembly-line or mechanical jobs - about 5-10 cm below elbow height.
• Heavy work, demanding downward forces - from 20-40 cm below elbow height.
OSH Answers – Workstations http://ccohs.ca/oshanswers/ergonomics/standing/sit_stand.html
“What is an example of a workstation for sitting/standing?
Continuous standing or sitting while working is a common source of discomfort and fatigue. Frequent changes of body positions, including alternating between sitting and standing, helps to avoid fatigue.
• Adjust the workstation to the proper height. Refer to the document Working in a Standing Position for more information.
• Use a swivel chair with an adjustable seat height.
• Adjust the chair seat height to 25-35 cm (about 10 - 14 in.) below the work surface.
• Use a footrest with a height of 40-50 cm (about 16 - 20 in.).
If you have additional questions after you read this material or if you require more information, please don’t hesitate to contact the Inquiries Service at 1-800-668-4284.
Thanks for your comment,
Ashleigh Blackmore
Communications Officer

Jan Mutter
four and a half years ago

I would like to know more about standing work stations.