Safe Work Australia has provided new resources to reduce prolonged sitting when working from home.

The authority says that one of the most significant factors impacting work health and safety when working from home is prolonged sitting.

This has led to the launch of  BeUpstanding – a free evidence-based program designed to address these risks.

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 safety 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.

More information is available at the BeUpstanding website.