Thu, 13 October 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
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
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