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One of the most significant factors impacting work health and safety (WHS) when working from home is prolonged sitting.

Safe Work Australia is proud to support BeUpstanding – a free evidence-based program designed to address the WHS risks associated with prolonged sitting.

Employers and businesses can sign up to the BeUpstanding trial to gain access to resources and guidance on how to encourage workers to stand up, sit less and move more.

This year has seen an increase in desk-based workplaces transitioning to, or increasing existing, working from home arrangements to minimise the risk of exposure to COVID-19 in the workplace. Workplaces across the country have had to adapt their policies and procedures and consult with workers to ensure WHS requirements are met even if workers are at home.

The BeUpstanding toolkit includes fact sheets, videos and email templates which are tailored to desk-based workers working from home due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Go to the BeUpstanding website for more information.

Information and resources on WHS duties and WHS risks associated with working from home are also available on the Safe Work Australia website.

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