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This page contains frequently asked questions on office safety.
No. We have known for some time that sedentary lifestyles are not beneficial for our health. Prolonged sitting at work can also adversely affect your health.
You should where possible alternate between sitting, standing and walking throughout the day. Simple changes that can be made include:
Mobile technology is designed to be used for short periods of time only, for example when reading or sending a message, or making small changes to an existing document. Prolonged usage of laptops or tablets requires the use of an external keyboard and mouse and a screen located at eye height; either through use of an external monitor or a laptop stand. Where assistive equipment (keyboard, mouse, laptop stand) is not available, minimise the prolonged use of laptops, tablets and other mobile devices.
Any home based work is seen as an extension of the primary workplace, so employee requirements under the Occupational Safety and Health Act (1984) to take reasonable care of their own health and safety is the same at home as is would be at the workplace. This includes the need to report any hazards or incidents to the employer as well as ensuring that hazards in the home are managed.
Ensuring you have an appropriate workstation, chair and equipment if carrying out computer work is essential and you must set up your workstation appropriately. For more information refer to How to Set Up Your WorkStation.
Use of fitballs (also known as fitness balls, swiss balls, gym balls or physio balls) is not recommended for seating in the office due to the instability of the balls. If your medical provider or therapist has recommended that you use a fitball as a temporary rehabilitation tool then it should be prescribed and fitted to the person with clear instructions on when to use it, how to use it and for how long it should be used. Prior to its use, a worksite assessment should be undertaken to ensure that the work can be safely performed while seated on the fitness ball. The use of the fitness ball should be regularly reviewed by
Overall having fitballs in the office for exercises and stretching is acceptable but they are not a substitute for a properly adjusted chair.
For more information see the WorkSafe Victoria Fitness balls are not suitable as chairs