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Sedentary work practices

Sedentary work practices are a known risk factor for cancer, heart disease, diabetes and premature death—what can be done to minimise your risk at work?

Sedentary work practices involve sitting or reclining, resulting in little physical activity expenditure. Poor energy expenditure can lead to health conditions creating considerable challenges for persons conducting a business or undertaking (PCBUs), workers and the community as a whole.

Did you know?

  • People who sit for 11 hours or more a day are 40 per cent more likely to die within three years than those who site for less than four hours.
  • The risk of heart disease is increased by 50 per cent even if exercise is performed regularly.
  • There is an increased risk of physical injuries if a worker maintains a static posture.
  • The risk of colon cancer is doubled in people who perform highly sedentary work.


Use these resources to manage the risks associated with sedentary work practices:

Key web resources you can use to identify and manage specific hazards:


Page last updated: 14 Jul 2015