Don't Stand for Problems
 March 26, 2013

Research shows that workers who stand for long periods of time can often experience muscle fatigue, low back pain, neck and shoulder stiffness and sore or swollen feet and legs. To avoid injuries from prolonged standing encourage employees to:

  • Do some gentle stretching exercises before beginning work to warm and loosen muscles.
  • Face the work area and keep the task close to the body.
  • Organize work so it‟s within easy reach; avoid extreme bending, reaching, stretching and twisting. Adjust the height of the work area; elbow height is most comfortable, this is the neutral position.
  • Stand on rubber, cork or wooden surfaces rather than on concrete or metal floors.
  • Use a footrest or foot rail to shift body weight from one leg to another. This will take pressure off the lower back.
  • Change working positions periodically.
  • Relax shoulder and arm muscles when they become tense or stiff.

It's important for workers to use their rest periods to relax or exercise other muscles. And, when returning to work after a vacation or illness, workers should give their body a chance to readjust to the standing activities their job requires.

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