Many of us have had to quickly transition from working in the office and now in the home environment. This may have resulted in you taking just your laptop home and you are now not sure where in the home you should be working from and how you should set up a work from home office. Our sessions aims to educate you on how to select the appropriate workspace and make the most of what you have at home.
If you are working from a temporary work from home workstation that may not be optimal i.e. it doesn’t look like your standard office desk set up, then you may be at a greater risk of developing musculoskeletal strains and sprains because you may be working in awkward postures for long periods of time. Our sessions aim to educate you on how to make the best out of your current situation and if you have access to other equipment (already at home or you can purchase), then we will educate you on what’s essential and will assist you.
If you have a pre-existing musculoskeletal complaint and have previously benefited from or required an in office workstation assessment, then it is very likely that you will benefit from or require a home office workstation assessment. The last thing we want is an exacerbation of a previous complaint as we adapt to working from home.
Many of us don’t know how long we will be working from home. Whilst a laptop from a dining room table and chair might sound ok for a few hours or days, this isn’t necessarily a long term solution and it is important that all hazards are considered and appropriate changes are made to reduce working from home hazards, as well as optimising your set up and comfort.
We all have a duty of care to look after yourself. This means undertaking and applying any training and policies at home that have been instructed by work. This also means we need to be vigilant with taking regular breaks when and where possible. Your workplace also has a duty of care to ensure a safe work environment (which now includes the home). So this means assessing for hazards and risks and providing equipment and training where reasonably practicable to better manage those known hazards and risks.