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Working in Standing/Sitting Positions

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.).
Workstation for Sit/Stand

What is an example of a semi-circular workstation?

  • Arrange work in a semi-circle.
  • Use a swivel chair to reduce body twisting, to allow easy movements, and to reduce side-to-side motions.
  • Use sloping work tables whenever possible to reduce bending, and to encourage an upright position while sitting or standing.
Semi-Circular Worksation

What are examples of a chair for sitting/standing workstations?

Whenever possible, a worker should be able to work sitting or standing at will.

  • Ensure that the seat has a minimum width of 40 cm (about 16 in.).
  • Choose back rests that are contoured vertically and horizontally.
  • Use a seat covering of non-slip, breathable fabric.
  • Select seat padding that is about 2-3 cm (1 in.) thick.
Chair for Sit/Stand Workstation
  • Provide a chair that can fold up and be stored out of the way where space is limited.
  • Ensure that chairs have a back support.
  • Provide a chair for resting purposes even when work can only be done standing.
Folding Chair
Folding Chair

Document last updated on August 10, 1998
Document confirmed current on June 20, 2008

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