The Dangers of Prolonged Standing
October 18, 2016
Prolonged standing is a common requirement for certain employees, including salespeople, machine operators and assembly-line workers. And, while standing is a natural human activity, it can lead to serious health issues if performed in excess.
Most often, prolonged standing contributes to sore feet, leg swelling, varicose veins, general muscular fatigue, lower back pain, and neck and shoulder stiffness.
This is because keeping the body upright for long periods of time requires substantial muscular effort. Additionally, when you stand, you are effectively reducing the supply of blood to strained muscles.
If standing at length is a requirement of your job, it’s critical to know some preventive tactics that can help reduce the risk of injury. The following are eight strategies you can implement today in order to work in a standing position safely:
If you’re still concerned about prolonged standing, consult your manager. He or she can offer you additional training and suggestions for workplace design improvements.