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Work-related musculoskeletal injuries and sedentary work

The risks associated with a sedentary lifestyle are well documented and according to the World Health Organization (WHO), up to 5 million deaths could be avoided every year if the global population was more active.

Portugal has one of the lowest levels of physical activity in Europe and many occupations involve a prolonged sitting or standing position. To address the issue, the Portuguese focal point is holding a webinar to present and discuss the effects of sedentary work before, during and after the COVID-19 pandemic. Other topics include sedentary work compared to a sedentary lifestyle, dynamic versus static work and the impact of stress on the body.

Held online with some 400 attendees, the webinar includes debates between an ergonomist, a psychologist and the tripartite national focal point – an employers’ representative, a workers’ representative and a government representative.


  • Luísa Amaral, OSH manager at ANA Aeroportos Vinci Airports and Chairman of the Board of the General Meeting of APERGO
  • Marcelino Pena Costa, Employers Representative on the EU-OSHA Management Board and Vice-President of the Confederation of Commerce and Services of Portugal – CCP
  • Teresa Espassadim, Specialist Psychologist and Consultant at the Ministry of Health, E.P.E.
  • Vanda Cruz, Workers Representative on the EU-OSHA Board of Directors, UGT - General Workers Union
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