Stand up and support the ILO’s Safety & Health at Work campaign

[caption id="attachment_1656" align="alignleft" width="326"]ilo-safety-health-at-work-blog We are delighted that the International Labour Organisation has chosen prevention as its theme for this year’s World Day for Safety and Health at Work on 28 April.[/caption]

The vast majority of people would agree with the old adage that prevention is better than cure. So why is it that, when it comes to the workplace, so many companies wait until an employee suffers a work-related health problem before purchasing the sort of ergonomic furniture and equipment that could have prevented it happening in the first place?

It’s a conundrum that has foxed us for years. And, despite having made reasonable headway over recent years in convincing many more companies to invest proactively in ergonomically efficient products, the vast majority of purchases are still made on a curative basis – i.e. to resolve health problems that have already arisen.

So we are delighted that the International Labour Organisation has chosen prevention as its theme for this year’s World Day for Safety and Health at Work on 28 April.

The ILO wants to encourage a cultural shift in which the right to a safe and healthy working environment is respected at all levels and where the highest priority is accorded to the principle of prevention.

We will be giving the ILO’s campaign our full support and putting a strong focus on the important role of sit-stand desking in helping to protect the long-term health of office workers.

Study after study has linked too much time spent sitting to a range of health problems such as obesity, diabetes, heart disease and cancer.

The British Heart Foundation is the latest organisation to warn of the health dangers associated with too much sitting and is launching the UK’s first On Your Feet Britain campaign on 24 April to encourage workers to sit less and move more.

Not only does the ability to be able to switch seamlessly from a seated working position to a standing one have big health benefits, it also produces greater efficiency and general wellbeing.

In 2011 a study revealed that by standing for just one more hour a day:

* 87% of people felt more comfortable

* 75% felt healthier

* 71% felt more focussed

* 66% felt more productive

* 38% felt les tired

* 50% showed a reduction in back pain

Dr Mike Loosemore, lead medic for the Great Britain boxing team at the London 2012 Olympics, is a big advocate of sit-stand desks.

Interviewed on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme, he said that even small amounts of exercise, such as standing, can have significant health benefits.

“The message I want to get out there is that small amounts of physical activity…are still doing a lot of good – even just standing up is good for you. I’m standing up now, I’m using all the small muscles in my legs and the rest of me. I’m keeping myself upright.

“If I stood up like this and worked standing up, which I do, for three hours a day, five days a week, that would be the equivalent of running ten marathons a year.”

So if you would like to join us and the ILO in encouraging a culture of prevention of occupational accidents and diseases, height adjustable desking is a good place to start.

To find out more, speak to your local account manager, visit our website or call us on 0345 345 0010.