Sitting is the new smoking

‘Sitting is the new smoking,’ says Anup Kanodia, a physician and researcher at Wexner Medical Centre in Ohio.

Concern about risks to the health of sedentary workers and potential impact on businesses is on the rise.

Sedentary behaviours are a known risk factor for cancer, heart disease, type II diabetes and premature death.

’Move more, sit less’, an initiative of the Bluearth Foundation, aims to address the serious health dangers associated with our increasingly sedentary lives.

Wendy Gillett, Bluearth CEO, said the average Australian now sits for more than nine hours a day.

‘Office workers will spend 80,000 hours of their life sitting. This is not what our bodies are designed to do! We are built for motion, not stillness,’ she said.

While two thirds suffer from tension and pain in the shoulder and neck, more than half have back problems, with around 45 per cent experiencing eye problems and headaches.

Equally concerning is research suggesting no amount of exercise can combat the detrimental health impact of too much sitting for prolonged periods.

Some control measures include:

  • Reviewing and revising job and task design to minimise sitting time.
  • Varying work tasks throughout a shift to encourage posture change and muscle use.
  • Promote a ‘standing-friendly culture’ – a standing reading area and standing at meetings.
  • Introduce height adjustable desks so employees can work standing or sitting.
  • Encourage workers to walk over and talk to colleagues instead of emailing.
  • Suggest workers use the stairs instead of the lift and use a bathroom further away.
  • Encourage workers to eat lunch away from their desk.

Watch this short video and make your pledge to move more and sit less. We have.

Make a safety promise

If you care about improving safety in your business and want help to get started, make a safety promise – a public commitment to health and safety.

This is a powerful but simple way to show everyone that you care about the people in your workplace.

Go to the safety starts with you website and follow the links to the safety promise.

Then it’s as easy as one, two, three.

  1. Talk to your workers about what a safer workplace might look like.
  2. Make your safety promise online – it will be visible to your staff, your customers and other businesses.
  3. Turn your words into actions – we have lots of services that can help you improve safety.

Make some simple yet meaningful statements about how you will:

  • demonstrate safety leadership from the top
  • consult with your workers to ensure they have the opportunity to contribute to improved health and safety
  • put in place safe systems, procedures and policies relevant to your business
  • support your workers to develop their skills to work safely and to value safety as a part of their jobs
  • create a workplace that is physically and mentally healthy and safe.

In return, you’ll receive a poster than you can proudly display at your workplace and icons for your website and social media sites.

Making your safety promise helps you show your customers and the community that you are committed to health and safety in a meaningful way.

Start a safety conversation today.

Quad bikes: 220 reasons to be careful

Since 2001, there have been more than 220 deaths across Australia involving quad bikes, predominantly on farms.

Graham, a farmer from Orange, knows all too well how dangerous quad bikes can be.

Here he tells his story of the day he had an accident that could easily have ended his life.


Alicia, a farmer from Adelong, knows that tragic accidents can and do happen.

Here she recalls the day her brother Lachlan died when his quad bike rolled over on the family farm.

Contact us for rebate, free training and safety information. Visit our website or call 13 10 50.