Feeds

Unions order workers to sit on their arses

Employee welfare, UK style

Beginner's guide to SSL certificates

We at El Reg have decided we rather like the TUC after it warned that the health of thousands of workers is at risk due to to excessive standing. According to the BBC, the TUC reckons 200,000 workers blow two million sick days a year due to leg trouble. Accordingly, the British economy could benefit from more sitting down.

Actually, there is some medical logic to all this - varicose veins, joint damage and swelling are just some of the things awaiting the vertical worker.

TUC health and safety bod Hugh Robertson said: "Lots of people experience discomfort when standing around all day. But very few people realise it can contribute to a major illness or injury."

The TUC is apparently disappointed with the Health & Safety Executive for not doing enough to enforce the very agreeable 1992 Welfare Regulations which state that "employers should provide suitable seats where work, or part of it, can be done sitting".

While we sympathise with anyone out there who has to spend all day on their feet, we must admit this is not much of a problem at Vulture Central where stories are regularly filed from a completely horizontal position following a particularly robust lunch.

Nonetheless, we will in future - when asked to stick the kettle on by anyone in an editiorial or management position - cite the 1992 Welfare Regulations and demand that unless the job can be done without getting out of an executive recliner, it can't be done at all. ®

Internet Security Threat Report 2014

More from The Register

next story
Holy vintage vehicles! Earliest known official Batmobile goes on sale
Riddle me this: are you prepared to pay US$180k?
Criticism of Uber's journo-Data Analytics plan is an Attack on DIGITAL FREEDOM
First they came for Emil – and I'm damn well SPEAKING OUT
'Open source just means big companies can steal your code.' O RLY?
Plus: Flame of the Week returns, for one night only!
'It is comforting to know where your data centres are.' UK.GOV does NOT
Plus: Anons are 'wannabes', KKK says, before being pwned
NEWSFLASH: It's time to ditch dullard Facebook chums
Everything hot in tech, courtesy of avian anchor Regina Eggbert
Hey, you, PHONE-FACE! Kickstarter in-car mobe mount will EMBED your phone into your MUG
Stick it on the steering wheel and wait for the airbag to fire
Bible THUMP: Good Book beats Darwin to most influential tome title
Folio Society crowns fittest of surviving volumes
U wot? Silicon Roundabout set to become Silicon U-BEND
Crap-spouting London upstarts to get permanent road closure
prev story

Whitepapers

Why cloud backup?
Combining the latest advancements in disk-based backup with secure, integrated, cloud technologies offer organizations fast and assured recovery of their critical enterprise data.
Forging a new future with identity relationship management
Learn about ForgeRock's next generation IRM platform and how it is designed to empower CEOS's and enterprises to engage with consumers.
5 critical considerations for enterprise cloud backup
Key considerations when evaluating cloud backup solutions to ensure adequate protection security and availability of enterprise data.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
Business security measures using SSL
Examines the major types of threats to information security that businesses face today and the techniques for mitigating those threats.