Study shows standing desks are bad for health

What do the studies show?

In 2012, a study led by the University of Leicester found that an increased risk of coronary illness, diabetes and early passing was related with repeated and prolonged sitting. From that point forward there have been a few further investigations which have upheld the discoveries.

The most recent, distributed in 2017 in the US production the Annals of Internal Medicine, demonstrates an unmistakable connection between reduced life expectancy and prolonged uninterrupted episodes of seated work. Following the exploration, some businesses in the UK have introduced adjustable sit-stand desks in their workplaces.

In February 2018 a counter argument was advanced by an Australian study distributed in the Journal of Ergonomics. It proposed that it could be much more hazardous to stand for delayed timeframes.

The 2018 paper portrays how the participants level of discomfort expanded fundamentally in all body regions during two hours of standing desk work. Standing was accordingly not a definitive answer for anticipating back agony as some have suggested. The scientists additionally found that the members’ psychological state and response time worsened after some time. What this lets us know is something that the majority of us will view as sound judgment: moving and changing posture is good for us, but staying in the same position all day is not.

Regulations 1992 (DSER) necessities for furniture are a large enough desk for the tasks performed with an adjustable chair to enable the worker to sit serenely. Despite the features alleging that sitting is more destructive to wellbeing than smoking, and the advancement of alternative work desk solutions, the HSE’s recommendation and the legislation stay unchanged.

Should you allow standing?

It’s OK for staff to stand if they wish, however the legal requirement is for bosses is to provide furniture which complies with the DSER.

Tip 1. If you have provided workstations which enables staff to stand, comply with the DSER by also giving furniture to allow the work to be completed seated.

Tip 2. Notwithstanding the kind of workstation, issue instructions in how to adjust the equipment, the risks of display screen use and who to address about any worries. Encourage staff to shift their posture instead of remaining in a similar static pose throughout the day and to take normal screen breaks.

Tip 3. Guarantee that workstation assessments are completed and updated as required.

Tip 4. The only time you must legally give a standing work desk is the point at which it’s required as a sensible change for a specific medical condition under the Equality Act 2010.

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