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Risks of sitting too long
Taking the stairs instead of the elevator, trips to the gym, lunch hour walks - the value of exercise is understood by both individuals and organizations. What may not be as well known are the health risks of sitting for long periods at a time - regardless of how much you exercise.
How working in a sitting position can affect your health
Those who must spend long periods in a seated position on the job such as taxi drivers, call centre professionals and office workers, are at risk for injury and a variety of adverse health effects.
The most common injuries occur in the muscles, bones, tendons and ligaments, affecting the neck and lower back regions. Prolonged sitting:
Tips and Tools
How to secure your portable ladder
Before you mount that portable ladder learn what precautions you must take to secure it and avoid becoming an injury statistic. Falls from portable ladders are a common cause of workplace injuries often because the ladder is not used properly. Follow these 10 tips to secure your ladder and be safe on the climb.
Germany reports that around 18 million people in that country work in an office, sitting at a desk in front of a computer screen. The average office worker spends about 80,000 hours seated in the course of his working life and 80% of those who work at the computer every day regularly suffer from health problems. Two thirds suffer from tension and pain in the shoulder and neck, more than half have back problems and around 45% suffer from eye problems and headaches.
The use of technology has changed the way we work and play. With computers and the use of email, many of the reasons people used to move around the office no longer exist. The everyday tasks that used to be a routine part of office work - hand delivering documents, walking over to coworkers to discuss issues or share work - can now be accomplished with a simple mouse click. No movement is required.
To help address the health effects of a sedentary lifestyle, the German Initiative New Quality of Work developed a brochure to offer advice to workers who spend much of the day sitting for long stretches of time, to help get them up and moving - often. Basic information is given on how to incorporate appropriate work organization into the office workplace design including "dynamic" furniture to make it more motion-friendly. It provides guidance on how workers can alternate work postures, and offers dynamic solutions for frequent movement to help workers stay healthy.
You can download the brochure Up and down, up and down from Bundesanstalt fÃ¼r Arbeitsschutz und Arbeitsmedizin (Federal Institute for Occupational Safety and Health).
Over 200 people from every province and territory in Canada gathered in Gatineau this month at CCOHS' national Forum III: Leading Workplace Change. They gained insights and information from leading speakers and experts, shared their collective experience and recommended solutions on a variety of workplace health and safety issues.
If you missed this event, you don't have to miss out. Selected sessions are now available for on-demand viewing. You can purchase any of these recorded sessions as a webcast and see a video of the speakers along with their slides, all synchronized to their presentation. Included is the ability to download a PDF of the presentation slides.
The following Forum sessions are available as webcasts:
Leading @ the Speed of Change - Jim Clemmer, bestselling author and international improvement leader
Leadership Within the System - Dr. Julian Barling, Professor of Organizational Behavior and Psychology, School of Business, Queen's University
Employer and Labour Perspectives on Leadership and Responsibility - Cathy Walker, Former National Health and Safety Director of the Canadian Auto Workers Union and Frank Saunders, Vice President, Nuclear Oversight and Regulatory Affairs, Bruce Power
Implementing Successful Participatory Ergonomic Programs: Opportunities and Challenges - Dr. Nancy Theberge, Professor in the Departments of Kinesiology and Sociology at the University of Waterloo and Case Studies wtih Dan Dubblestyne, The Woodbridge Group and Wyatt Clark, Chrysler Canada/CAW
Towards a National Prevention Strategy for Workplace Violence in Canada - Glenn French, President of the Canadian Initiative on Workplace Violence and Anthony Pizzino, National Director of Research, Job Evaluation and Health and Safety for the Canadian Union of Public Employees
Click here for further details and how to order the webcasts.
It's that time of year again when we check in with you to see how we're doing. In addition to the recent facelift, we made improvements to the Report based on feedback we received from our readers. The Report is now emailed to more than 27,000 every month to readers in more than 110 countries around the world.
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