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7 major health risks of sedentary work

A sedentary lifestyle is becoming increasingly common among workers, particularly for those who work in an office environment, with more than 75% of the office workday spent sitting. Sitting for more than 30 minutes at a time can be damaging to health, and for many workers this extends for much longer periods.

By Alanna Furlan

A sedentary lifestyle is becoming increasingly common among workers, particularly for those who work in an office environment, with more than 75% of the office workday spent sitting. Sitting for more than 30 minutes at a time can be damaging to health, and for many workers this extends for much longer periods. 7 major health risks of sedentary work 

Workers required to undertake sedentary work are at increased risk of developing:

If your workers spend a significant amount of time sitting, you could be breaching your health and safety obligations to provide a safe system of work by not reducing your workers’ sedentary time. 8 practical tips to get your workers moving
The good news is there are lots of things you can do to encourage your workers to be more physically active, including:

Workers who are given regular breaks and who engage in physical activity are also likely to be more productive, and are less likely to suffer aches and pains and other illnesses associated with sitting for long periods.

Until next time,

Alanna Furlan
Editor
Health & Safety Bulletin

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