Another informative podcast by the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS).
Prolonged Sitting: The Risks of Sitting Too Long

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

Direct download: Episode55_ProlongedSitting.mp3
Category:Ergonomics -- posted at: 1:00am EDT

  • Hi Jan, Here is some information on standing work stations. OSH Answers – Working in a Standing Positions “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 “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

    posted by: CCOHS on 2013-04-02 12:55:21

  • I would like to know more about standing work stations.

    posted by: Jan Mutter on 2013-03-27 14:29:22

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