Managing the Health & Safety of Sedentary Workers

By Fiona Burns
12 Aug 2019
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Sedentary lifestyles are commonplace among office workers, but to make matters worse, a large portion of employees don’t feel encouraged to lead an active lifestyle.

 

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Top Tips on Managing the Health & Safety of Sedentary Workers

Sedentary working increases the risk of developing certain health problems and can have a long-term impact on employees’ psychological wellbeing.

As an employer, you are responsibility for the wellbeing of your employees. Here’s a few guidelines on how you can effectively manage the health & safety of your sedentary workers:

  1. Encourage gentle exercise and walking throughout the day to improve circulation
  2. Ensure any employees that are seated for most of the day take regular breaks
  3. Consider rotating tasks such as filing, photocopying, or even making a coffee
  4. Train key staff on how to use an AED, and how to perform CPR
  5. Get consent to share medical information with relevant managers and first aiders
  6. Ensure suitable medication is available, such as epi-pens, inhalers, or aspirin
  7. Encourage all staff to drink water to combat dehydration—this can exacerbate any existing medical conditions, particularly in sedentary roles

Expert support

If you're concerned about the health, safety or wellbeing of your office workers, speak to a Croner helaht & safety expert today on 01455 858 132.

About the Author

Fiona Burns

Fiona Burns has practical experience in Health & Safety and Risk Management having worked for major insurer prior to joining Croner.

She has gained extensive helpline experience offering competent advice and timely support to large number of clients, in various industries and at all levels.  Completed the NEBOSH General Certificate, also passed NEBOSH Environmental Diploma Unit A, (IOSH Managing Environmental responsibilities). NEBOSH Fire and Risk Management Certificate, FPA Advance Fire Training, NCRQ Diploma – Distinction currently completing IPD and volunteering for Community project in Atherstone also as a Dementia support worker with CWPT.

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