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Summary - Prolonged static sitting at work: health effects and good practice advice

08/06/2021 Type: Reports 9 pages

Many jobs involve long periods of static sitting, which, combined with a sedentary lifestyle, is linked to ill health.

This report examines the issues surrounding prolonged sitting at work, including the jobs and workers most affected, and identifies the health risks posed, including musculoskeletal disorders. It discusses pertinent EU legislation and the value of risk assessments for protecting the health of those engaged in work involving prolonged sitting.

The report also provides guidelines and policy pointers for promoting dynamic, active working with less sitting, and examples of effective workplace interventions and good practice. It highlights the importance of staying active not only for workers but also for schoolchildren, to ensure that work is sustainable for today’s workforce and future generations.