A qualitative review of existing national and international occupational safety and health policies relating to occupational sedentary behaviour

Coenen, Pieter, Gilson, Nicholas, Healy, Genevieve N., Dunstan, David W. and Straker, Leon M. (2017) A qualitative review of existing national and international occupational safety and health policies relating to occupational sedentary behaviour. Applied Ergonomics, 60 320-333. doi:10.1016/j.apergo.2016.12.010


Author Coenen, Pieter
Gilson, Nicholas
Healy, Genevieve N.
Dunstan, David W.
Straker, Leon M.
Title A qualitative review of existing national and international occupational safety and health policies relating to occupational sedentary behaviour
Journal name Applied Ergonomics   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1872-9126
0003-6870
Publication date 2017-04-01
Year available 2016
Sub-type Critical review of research, literature review, critical commentary
DOI 10.1016/j.apergo.2016.12.010
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 60
Start page 320
End page 333
Total pages 14
Place of publication Kidlington, Oxford, United Kingdom
Publisher Pergamon Press
Language eng
Abstract Prolonged sedentary time is now recognised as an emergent ergonomics issue. We aimed to review current occupational safety and health policies relevant to occupational sedentary behaviour.
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Prolonged sedentary time is now recognised as an emergent ergonomics issue. We aimed to review current occupational safety and health policies relevant to occupational sedentary behaviour.

An electronic search for documents was conducted on websites of ergonomics and occupational safety and health organisations from 10 countries and six international/pan-European agencies. Additionally, 43 informants (nine countries) were contacted and an international conference workshop held. 119 documents (e.g. legislation, guidelines, codes of practice) were identified. Using a qualitative synthesis, it was observed that many jurisdictions had legal frameworks establishing a duty of care for employers, designers/manufacturers/suppliers and employees. While no occupational authority policies focusing specifically on sedentary behaviour were found, relevant aspects of existing policies were identified.

We highlight implications for ergonomics research and practice and recommend the development of policy to specifically address occupational sedentary behaviour and support workplace initiatives to assess and control the risks of this emergent hazard.
Keyword Occupational health
Policy
Qualitative research
Review
Sedentary behaviour
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Grant ID 1078360
108029
Institutional Status UQ

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Sub-type: Critical review of research, literature review, critical commentary
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