Event Details

Wednesday, 1 September, 2021 - 14:30 to 15:30
Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST)


AIHS Member: $20+GST I  Non-Member: $65+GST


Event Organising Body: 
Australian Institute of Health & Safety
Event Organiser: 
Australian Institute of Health & Safety
(03) 8336 1995



Join us on Wednesday 1 September 2021 for a webinar presentation titled The use and uptake of sit-stand workstations in Australian workplaces

In 2016, Safe Work Australia acknowledged prolonged sitting time as an emergent work health and safety issue, with desk-based workers identified at high risk. Consistent evidence from the literature has demonstrated that prolonged sitting can be effectively and acceptably reduced in desk-based workers. One of the most consistently successful intervention approaches is using a sit-stand workstation in combination with organisational and individual level support for change. Sit-stand workstations (SSWs) have become more common in the workplace and anecdotally their uptake has increased. However, little is known about the current use of SSWs by the staff, the benefits and barriers from organisations that have invested in these desks, the factors that drive the purchasing decisions of SSWs, and what training or policies are in place to guide their safe use.

To help address these evidence gaps, we collected data from individuals responsible for furniture purchasing decisions within their organisation. This under-researched group is likely to provide unique insights and knowledge regarding SSW use and uptake. A total of 270 decision-makers from over 200 organisations across 19 industry sectors were involved. Data were collected from those who had and had not yet, invested in SSWs. This webinar will discuss the findings from this study and their implications for practice. This includes the development of an evidence-based e-learning module to support the appropriate and safe use of SSWs.


  • Recognise the current evidence on prolonged sitting time and sit-stand workstations,
  • Understand the benefits and barriers when implementing sit-stand workstations,
  • Learn the factors driving the purchasing process of sit-stand workstations,
  • Know the alternative strategies to reduce prolonged sitting time at workplaces.


Date: Wednesday 1 September 2021
Time: 14:30 - 15:30 AEST
Cost: AIHS Member: $20+GST I  Non-Member: $65+GST
Location: Zoom Webinar (Login details will be distributed 2-3 days prior to the webinar start date)



Haroun Zerguine, PhD Candidate at The University of Queensland

Haroun is a final year PhD candidate at The University of Queensland. He is passionate about promoting strategies to improve health and wellbeing in workplaces. He holds a professional degree in Industrial Health and Safety from the University of Batna, Algeria, and a Master’s degree in Occupational Health and Safety from University Putra Malaysia. He has been awarded an international scholarship from The University of Queensland to pursue a PhD research program in Occupational Health within the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences. Haroun is currently working with a multidisciplinary research team at UQ to develop and evaluate a virtual training program to ensure the sustainability and appropriate use of sit-stand workstations in workplaces. This evidence-based program is designed to educate and train employees on the correct usage of their desk and supporting them to change their sitting behaviour for their health and wellbeing.