The UK’s Health and Safety Executive (HSE) clarifies that all working from home employees are to have the same consideration from employers related to managing ergonomics in the workspace.
For employees who have now been temporarily at home for more than half a year, the HSE provides guidance for them and their employer related to risk assessment, provision of equipment, stress management and safely working without supervision. The HSE states that:
When someone is working from home, permanently or temporarily, as an employer you should consider:
- How will you keep in touch with them?
- What work activity will they be doing (and for how long)?
- Can it be done safely?
- Do you need to put control measures in place to protect them?
The rise in at home, computer workstations in the UK has intersected with regulations around known risk factors for use of computer screens (referred to as Display Screen Equipment or DSE) that has been in place since 1992. For those people who are working at home on a long-term basis, the risks associated with using display screen equipment (DSE) must be controlled. This includes them doing workstation assessments at home.
The site offers a video showing improved ergonomics considerations for temporary home workstation set up, checklists for workstation set up, a home office ergonomics self assessment template and resources for managing stress, isolation, and physical discomfort.
While geared towards UK audiences, others may find useful tips in the free resources.
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