Working Smart and Safe

Working Smart, continued

Sitting for long periods. If you have to sit at a desk for long periods of time, empty your bladder at least every few hours and get up and stretch every hour or so to reduce the potential for back pain, varicose veins, and blood clots. Use a chair that has adjustable armrests and good support for your lower back and bring a small pillow if you need it. Sit with your feet up on a footrest. This will take more strain off your back and reduce swelling in your feet.

Standing for long periods. If you have a job that requires you to be on your feet all day, sit for 15 minutes every hour or so. Instead of standing in one place, put one foot on a box or low stool to help ease the pressure on your back. Wear support hose and shoes with low heels.

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