2 steps to boost your workspace comfort level

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Poor posture alert!

Poor desk posture alert!

Nearly two million Canadians suffer from repetitive stress injuries (RSIs) caused by clerical work, and long periods of sitting have been associated with worse outcomes in cardiovascular health, type-2 diabetes, and cancer.

Whether you’re working on campus or at home, this is an important topic for those of us who sit for long periods of time at our desks.

Here are two things you can do right now to lower your risk!

Step 1: 9 easy clicks take you through an ergonomic assessment of your work space, with photos and practical suggestions courtesy of our colleagues from UBC! http://www.hr.ubc.ca/wellbeing-benefits/workplace-health/ergonomics/office-ergonomics/optimal-set-up/

Step 2: Open your calendar right now and schedule a movement break for every hour of sitting you do. Stand up. Stretch. Go for a quick walk. Here’s a great collection of stretches to get you started https://www.healthline.com/health/deskercise

Want to learn more?

Repetitive stress injuries (RPIs) https://www.mun.ca/safetynet/library/OHandS/SafetyNetOfficeErgonomics.pdf

Risks of prolonged sitting https://www.ccohs.ca/oshanswers/ergonomics/sitting/sitting_overview.html

https://www.ted.com/talks/murat_dalkilinc_why_sitting_is_bad_for_you/transcript?language=en

https://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/health/wellness-and-prevention/sitting-disease-how-a-sedentary-lifestyle-affects-heart-health

How to make your workspace fit you https://humanresources.royalroads.ca/sites/default/files/uploads/wsbc_office_ergonomics.pdf

Still have questions?  Please contact a member of the JOHSC committee and we will help point you in the right direction!

This health and safety message is  provided on behalf of the Royal Roads Joint Occupational Health and Safety Committee (JOHSC). The JOHSC is an advisory group consisting of worker and management representatives who, as required by the BC Workers Compensation Act, work in a cooperative spirit focusing on the resolution of occupational health and safety issues and to support the university’s occupational health and safety program in the workplace.

To find out more about the RRU JOHSC, visit our webpage and/or email us.

Photo credit Melanie Armstrong