I work with watch repairs in a chain of stores and we initially had 2 chairs, one for each workbench (we were told that they are essential for our work as we need a stable base to repair watches. Last February, our regional manager took one of our chairs and gave it to a busier store that needed it. We settled for a chair between 3 people, but in November our remaining chair broke and as such we hadn`t had a chair in about 5 months. We all suffer from back and foot pain now and we shrug our shoulders again and again when we ask for the spare chairs. Workplace design is an essential factor in protecting the health of employees who must stand during their workday. I work at the airport 9 hours a day. I have 2 hours of work and 30 minutes of break, 3.5 hours of work and 1 hour of break and the last 2 hours of work. Except that the break of 1:30, I am not allowed to sit. I don`t have the right to hold water around me. It is a busy environment and the noise is sometimes unbreakable. The lighting is too much and I have to look at the screen while I`m on duty.
I just want to know if there are regulations on distance to water supply or lighting? It should be noted in the context of sit-stand desks that the study focused on prolonged standing heart disease without sitting. In contrast, the researchers said they expected people who use sit-stand desks to sit when they feel tired, as opposed to those in occupations that require prolonged standing, such as food vendors or assembly line cooks. The Gibraltar Factory Act, passed in 1956, protects the right of workers at the seat. The law states: «All workers whose work is performed standing shall have and maintain adequate seating sufficient to enable them to enjoy any rest that may occur during their employment. Where a substantial part of work can be properly performed in a seated position, appropriate seating shall be provided for all persons engaged in that work.  In 2014, House Bill 5258, «Right to Sit Down on the Job Act of 2014,» was introduced in the Philippine House of Representatives. The bill would require owners of shopping malls, department stores and other retail stores to allow their employees to sit when they are not looking after customers. The bill was proposed by Roy Señeres of the Labor Party of the Philippines. Señeres explained that excessive prestige is «harmful to the health of workers, especially women» as well as «inhumane, because only animals such as carabaos, cows and horses can bear to stand all day.» A similar bill was introduced in the Philippine Senate by Nancy Binay of the United Nationalist Alliance.
 We`ve all heard phrases like «sitting is the new smoking,» but working standing is also associated with serious health effects. Vicky Powell asks occupational health experts, including the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), how employers should manage the risks associated with extended workstations to protect workers` health. I work 8 hours a day, standing at a desk on a concrete floor and sticking labels in my clothes. I work from Sunday to Thursday from 2pm to 10pm with a half-hour break at 6pm. My feet are starting to kill me more and more every day, to the point where I have trouble walking home. I don`t know what to do because I really need this job, but I think we should at least be allowed to sit down. I work in the emergency department of a hospital as a porter and we do a 12-hour shift and run an average of 14 miles per shift, but downtime is sometimes a big part of our duties, but we are supposed to sit there and wait for a call, we are entitled to a base where there are suitable seats for us, If we have downtime, the South African Occupational Health and Safety Act 1993 requires that all employers, as far as practicable, «shall provide an ergonomically healthy seat for any worker whose work can be performed effectively in a sitting position». Employees whose work is normally performed standing must be able to «take advantage of any opportunity to sit that may arise and, to this end, the employer must provide seating.» All employers are required to «provide seats with backrests if the nature of the work performed by employees is such that these seats can be used.»   Hi Rita, unfortunately, the right to a break only occurs when a 6-hour shift is performed.