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Published On: Mon, Jun 23rd, 2014

What to do to stay healthy at workplace

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From 2010 to 2011, about 26.4 million working days were lost due to workplace injury and ill-health. Stress and back pain are the two biggest causes of absence from work.

There are many things that workers can do not only to reduce their risk of work-related ill-health but also to use their time at work to boost their health.

Stress

About 10.8 million days were lost because of work-related stress, depression and anxiety from 2010 to 2011. While not all stress is work-related, knowing how to deal with a lot of pressure at work is important.

Learn to identify the symptoms of stress. Don’t wait until you fall ill before you do something about it. One of the best ways of dealing with stress is knowing how to prioritize your workload and not taking on more than you can handle.

Back pain

About 7.6 million working days were lost due to work-related back pain and other musculoskeletal disorders from 2010 to 2011. The main causes are poor posture or an awkward twisting movement (bending or reaching), or a combination of the two.

In most cases, the best treatment is to stay active and, if necessary, use over-the-counter painkillers. You may feel like going to bed, but this won’t help and could make things worse. The longer you stay immobile, the weaker your back muscles will become and the more they’ll hurt in the long term.  RSI

Repetitive strain injury (RSI) is more likely to occur if you spend long periods of work without a break, or if you sit on an uncomfortable chair or at a poorly arranged workstation. Incorrect technique when using a computer keyboard and mouse, mobile phone or hand-held device can all cause RSI.

Sitting

If you spend a lot of your time at work sitting at a desk, make sure you’re sitting in the right position in relation to your computer. If you’re unsure about correct posture, ask your line manager for a workplace assessment.

www.nhs.uk

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