Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Workplace Activity and Maintaining Good Health

A combination of sitting and standing throughout the work day can minimize the potential for adverse health consequences, according to Humantech's Blake McGowan, CPE. Research shows that sitting for long periods of time can result in higher rates of cardiovascular disease, obesity, diabetes and more.  However, studies also show that prolonged standing can lead to work-related MSDs in the legs, knees, lower back, feet and heart. “It is not an 'either-or' situation,” McGowan says. “Research shows that both prolonged sitting and prolonged standing are a concern.”  He proposes the following guidelines for sit/stand workstations.
  • Limit continuous (static) sitting to 4 hours per day.
  • Limit continuous (static) standing to 1 hour per day.
  • Limit cumulative standing to 4 hours per day.
  • Promote variation between sitting and standing positions throughout the day.
  • Design the workstation for active movement while sitting and standing.
By following these simple rules,  employees can minimize health consequences and burn more calories, McGowan adds.