Guidance on the regulations regarding the breaks taken by employees has been outlined by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).
A spokesperson for the body has stated that age can be a factor in the required amounts workers are allowed to take as break during working hours.
The advice follows a new working-time directive that has been published, which details the legislation regarding break times.
A number of other factors influence required breaks, the spokesperson noted, adding: "There are also requirements on breaks across a number of sectors and work activities; for example when working with display screen equipment, working in different environments and if the work is strenuous or repetitive."
Six million working days were lost in UK workplaces during 2006-07 due to injury, HSE statistics have revealed.
Furthermore, the figures show that every employee is likely to take 1.5 days off ill a year, equating to a total of 30 million lost days of productivity.