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Australian Health and Safety Regulations

Physical Activity and Sedentary Behaviour guidelines currently include the following:


Sedentary Behaviour Guidelines
  • Minimise the amount of time spent in prolonged sitting
  • Break up long periods of sitting as often as possible
Physical Activity Guidelines
  • Doing any physical activity is better than doing none. If you currently do no physical activity, start by doing some, and gradually build up to the recommended amount.
  • Be active on most, preferably all, days every week.
  • Accumulate 150 to 300 minutes (2 ½ to 5 hours) of moderate intensity physical activity or 75 to 150 minutes (1 ¼ to 2 ½ hours) of vigorous intensity physical activity, or an equivalent combination of both moderate and vigorous activities, each week.
  • Do muscle strengthening activities on at least 2 days each week.
"Regardless of how good your working posture is, working in the same posture or sitting still for prolonged periods is not healthy. You should change your working position frequently throughout the day in the following ways:

  1. Make small adjustments to your chair or backrest.
  2. Stretch your fingers, hands, arms, and torso.
  3. Stand up and walk around for a few minutes periodically.
Current guidance on Desks now states that "desks should be able to accommodate a variety of working postures".
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