Usage of Sit-Stand Workstations and Associations between Work and Nonwork Sitting Time: An Observational Study

Michael A. Mazzotta, Katia Ferrar, Francois Fraysse, Lucy K. Lewis, Maureen McEvoy

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Abstract

Objective: No studies have objectively measured habitual usage of sit-stand workstations. Methods: Eighteen full-time office workers participated (47.9 ± 9.2 years, 61% female). Sitting time was objectively measured (activPAL, 24 h/7 days), and time at desk, desk position, and perceptions of desk use were self-reported. Results: Participants sat for 39% of their daily workstation time, and changed workstation position twice daily. The most common reasons for standing included back pain (44%) and tiredness (22%). The majority of participants received no workstation occupational health (72%) or educational (61%) information. Workstation standing time had a significant moderate correlation with total daily standing time (P = 0.02). Conclusion: Office workers with sit-stand workstations rarely change desk position, and there is no relationship between the time spent sitting at the workstation, and total daily sitting time. Education about the workstations was limited.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)e268-e272
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine
Volume60
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - May 2018

Keywords

  • Office workers
  • Sedentary time
  • Sit-stand workstation
  • Sitting

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