Government orders employers to give office workers standing breaks


Posted at Oct 20 2017 03:15 AM

The government wants companies to know it's not taking the issue of unhealthy work conditions sitting down.

The Department of Labor and Employment is ordering employers to give their workers regular 5-minute standing breaks every 2 hours and encourage them to "reduce sedentary work" by getting to their feet and walking.

Department Order 184, issued Wednesday, applies to workers who given the nature of their job spend long hours on their seats. 

Computer, administrative and clerical jobs fall under this category, as are those working at "highly mechanized" establishments and toll booths, as well as transportation, information technology and business process management industries.

The directive also calls for properly designed workstations.

"The employers, in consultation with the workers, may adopt other measures to address the occupational safety and health problems of workers who have to spend long hours sitting at work," stated the order, which will take effect 15 days after its publication in a newspaper of general circulation or in early November.