For many positions in the construction, trades, and mining industries, prolonged standing is a requirement.
Is Standing at Work a Hazard?
Standing poses no particular health hazard, however, prolonged standing and working in a standing position can pose some health hazards.
What are Some of the Health Hazards Associated with Prolonged Standing?
Health hazards associated with prolonged standing include, but are not limited to:
- Sore feet
- Lower back pain
- Varicose veins
- Muscular fatigue
- Swelling in legs
What Can I Do to Reduce the Effects of Working in a Standing Position?
To reduce the effects of working in a standing position for prolonged periods, you can:
- Ensure your footwear is comfortable and fits properly
- Change your work positions frequently
- Stretch regularly
- Take rest breaks when possible