For years we have heard the theory behind ergonomics and the way in which we should conduct ourselves when sitting in a chair. Research now shows just the act of sitting for large portions of your day can lead to injuries and can even shorten your lifespan.
On average an office worker sits at their desk for 5 hours and 41 minutes every work day, regardless of the exercise and movement they do outside of this time. Exercise is proven to help in managing the risk of developing heart disease, diabetes and obesity, but if you’re sitting at your desk for most of the day, you’re at risk. Research suggests that every hour spent sitting reduces our lifespan by 22 minutes.
So can simply sitting for too long lead to a workplace incident? Sitting requires less muscular effort than standing but still leads to physical fatigue due to the stress on the body when you hold your body steady for long periods of time. Workplace incidents can occur due to reduced blood circulation to muscles, bones, tendons and ligaments which in turn leads to stiffness and therefore an increase in risk of injury when the person moves, twists or bends after a long period of inactivity.
A good incident reporting system such as that provided by Rapid Incident Reporting will allow you to see all incidents that are reported, including those related to contributory factors such as fatigue and posture. We recommend companies ensure their workplace incident reporting system is robust and should incorporate an investigation and corrective actions process. In the case of body stress injuries the investigation could show how long periods of inactivity might have contributed to the risk of injury. A mechanism for controlling this risk might be to invest in stand up desks. This type of desk has been proven to stimulate blood flow, reduce circulatory issues, increase energy levels and reduce the risk of heart disease, obesity, diabetes and some cancers.
Simple changes in habits and office set up, can reduce the risk of long term effects on the workers body and in turn may reduce the rate of workplace incidents relating to body stress and fatigue. The incident reporting software is also designed to go hand-in-hand with the Rapid Global hazard reporting software to ensure that all the workplace incidents are properly documented and controlled to reduce risk.
Use Rapid Incident Reporting to provide your company with a reliable and effective incident management software. Report incidents from any computer with internet access and ensure managers receive notifications according to risk and type or location.