Prolonged constrained standing postures: health effects and good practice advice


Prolonged standing in the same position poses health risks, including musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) and many other ailments. This report explores how common this constrained working posture is in Europe’s workplaces and the jobs and groups of workers most affected. It also discusses the EU legislation aimed at protecting workers and guidelines on safe limits for continuous standing.

The report presents examples of effective measures to reduce prolonged standing, highlighting the importance of tailoring risk assessments and prevention measures to the needs of individuals and encouraging active, sustainable working.

To conclude, it summarises good practice tips for workplaces and pointers on prevention strategies for policy-makers.

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