Home Office Ergonomic Setup & Assessments

Corporate Work Health Australia have a number of services to help your employees assess the safety of their home office, ergonomically set up their computer, screen, desk, chair, and help them manage any past or current musculoskeletal issues. We can even teach members of your team to deliver ergonomic training and assessments.

Call us today and start getting the most out of your employees.

Ergonomic Home Office Setup

Having a workstation setup ergonomically to meet your needs is an important step to ensure you are comfortable and productive throughout the work day. This applies to the home office also. In the modern flexible workplace many workers are spending more, if not all, their hours working in their home office.

Setting up an ergonomic home office may include a workstation assessment or training to ensure you and your employees know how to work with good posture, at a comfortable height with no awkward reaching, and with less motion. By taking an active step to ensure the health of your workers within their homes, it sends the message that you are a company who cares, and they are more likely to work harder for you.

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Home Office Workstaton Assessment

Desk Ergonomic Assessment

It is important to assess the desk that a worker is using to work from. The width, depth and height of the desk are important factors, as well as the space and access underneath the desk. 

Stand up sit down / adjustable desk

In recent years we have seen a flood of sit and stand desks in the market. It is important to implement any sit and stand desk in consultation with the individual using the desk as sit and stand desks ARE NOT for everyone. 

Chair Ergonomic Assessment

Fitting the chair to the worker is very important with an ergonomic assessment. The size of the base and backrest, as well as the adjustable features should all be considered with selecting an ergonomic chair. 

Ergonomic Foot Rest

Workers whose feet do not reach the floor once chair height is adjusted to the desk should use an ergonomic footrest. It is important to select an appropriate footrest for the worker and their needs as not all footrests are the same. 

Computer Ergonomic Assessment

The type of computer a worker is using should be assessed. Is the worker using a desktop, or a laptop or a tablet as their computer? Ideally all options should be run through a large monitor or monitors to improve neck and eye ergonomics. 

Multiple Screens

Most workers these days prefer to use multiple screens. It is important that the screens are set up ergonomically to suit each individual. The distance and height are important factors to consider. If the screens are too close or too far may cause neck and eye strain. 

Ergonomic Keyboards

Ergonomic keyboards vary in design and price. The majority of workers do not require an ergonomic keyboard and a standard keyboard will be suitable. At times workers with ongoing wrist, thumb or hand concerns may benefit from an ergonomic keyboard. Assessing the work tasks each individual completes is important before implementing an ergonomic keyboard. 

Mouse / Trackpad

A vertical mouse or ergonomic mouse is a commonly implemented piece of ergonomic equipment. As with a keyboard most workers do not require a vertical mouse. A vertical mouse places the forearm, wrist and hand into a more neutral position and can be helpful for alleviating certain conditions. 

Regular Breaks

Regular breaks from both sitting and standing are very important to factor into the work day. One risk factor for work related musculoskeletal pain are static work postures. Having regular ‘movement’ breaks every 30-60mins of work helps to avoid static work postures.  

Reduce Workplace Injury and Boost Employee Productivity

Ergonomic Home Office Assessment & Setup Benefits For Companies

  • Educate yourself or your team on home office ergonomics best practice and how to optimise a home workstation set up
  • Prevent injuries whilst working at home
  • Ensure you or your team who have pre-existing musculoskeletal complaints or specific needs are set up correctly to avoid aggravation of those complaints
  • Ensure the home is appropriate to complete work from i.e. identify other hazards and risks away from the home office workstation that could cause injuries
  • The workplace has a duty of care to ensure a safe work environment and that you have the appropriate work tools and training.  The home environment now must be considered as the workplace.

Ergonomic Home Office Assessment & Setup Benefits For Employees

  • Reduced aches and pains from completing computer based work from the home 
  • Implementation of appropriate equipment if required
  • Record of consultation to ensure flexible work arrangements are safe 
  • Employee and company  working together to ensure home is safe for work 
  • Any work from home issues are highlighted early rather than later

Reviews

We connected with Wade from CWH again to assist in this transition.

They assisted our team in transitioning to working from home in three ways: a group webinar education session, followed by workers completing a self-assessment form and then undertaking 1:1 consultations to deliver a tailored approach.

As a business we have made the transition smoother to ensure our workers are comfortable, and set up to perform their tasks safely at home.

Gorana Saula

Lumascape

The inner-city business for whom I work as Office Administrator recently engaged CWHA to deliver “Sit Safe” training seminars and conduct ergonomic assessments for all our staff. It was a very worthwhile undertaking. The information imparted in the seminars was interesting and applicable. The individual desk checks were thorough and valuable, as was the subsequent comprehensive report.

Margaret Wenham

King & Company Solicitors

We recently had Wade out at our workplace to deliver Ergonomic Assessment training. Wade has a wealth of knowledge that he willingly shares with participants. His easy going presentation style ensures the course is delivered in an interesting and practical format that is beneficial to everyone.  I have no hesitation in recommending Wade for your future training needs.

Patrick Doyle

Southern Downs Regional Council

We have been using Corporate Work Health for over 5 years to provide ergonomic assessments and educational training to our employees. Wade is very professional and very well qualified and he always achieve good results for our employees. I would highly recommend Wade to anyone looking for a health professional to assist their organisation.

Julia Paino

Colin Biggers & Paisley Lawyers

Process

1. Enquiry

Call, email or complete a form. Let us know what you want to achieve or the problems you are having.

2. Consultation

Phone, video call or face to face. We will discuss your needs, make some suggestions and provide a quote.

3. Assessment

Your assessment and/or training package is 100% tailor made to suit your needs, budget and service requirements.

4. Training

Onsite, online or both. Your personalised package is delivered by health professionals with extensive clinical and teaching experience.

5. Results

We have helped thousands of people at some of Australia’s top companies. Our team will work with you every step of the way to ensure you achieve the right results for your company and for your workers.

Our Ergonomic Home Office Assessments

‘Standard’ in person home office ergonomic & safety risk assessment (worker HAS NO musculoskeletal concerns)

Face to Face 30-45 minutes

Case Example:

  • Worker is currently working from home to perform work tasks as outlined in their current work contract.
  • Worker is currently not experiencing any musculoskeletal complaints.
  • Focus on assessing the home office work area and home environment to ensure it is safe and suitable for working from home.
  • Includes recommendations for any changes or equipment required to maintain a safe workplace.
  • Includes consulting with HR, Health & Safety Rep/Officer & management if required.

Assessment includes:

  • 1:1 consultation with the worker at their home (Approximately 30 minutes consultation)
  • Assessment of the workers current home office work area and home environment.
  • Report provided including details of ergonomic workstation assessment and occupational health and safety risk assessment plus identified hazards.

‘Detailed’ in person home office ergonomic & safety risk assessment (worker HAS musculoskeletal concerns)

Face to Face 60-75 minutes

Case Example:

  • Worker is currently working from home to perform work tasks that are part of their agreed working from home arrangement with the employer.
  • Worker is currently experiencing musculoskeletal complaints, or has a previous history that requires specific equipment or workstation adjustment.
  • Extended assessment per worker (approximately 60 minutes consultation) to ensure adequate time to discuss musculoskeletal history.
  • Focus on assessing the home office work area and home environment to ensure it is safe and suitable for working from home taking into consideration the worker’s musculoskeletal history.
  • Includes recommendations for any changes or equipment required to maintain a safe workplace for the individual worker’s needs.
  • Includes consulting with HR, Health & Safety Rep/Officer & management if required.

Assessment includes:

  • Individual consultation with their worker at their home regarding current musculoskeletal complaints/concerns, workstation concerns, job tasks performed and review of work area and home environment.
  • Detailed report provided including details of ergonomic assessment and safety risk assessment plus identified hazards.

Level 1 / ‘Basic’ 20 minute teleconference (video call only, no risk assessment form)

Online 20 minutes

20 minute video conference call with our health professional discussing worker’s current workstation set up and concerns.  Our health professional will make recommendations to improve the worker’s home workstation set up and provide workers with some tips to reduce their risk of developing any musculoskeletal discomfort.

Includes:

  • Summary report of main discussion points discussed and recommendations
  • Access to CWHA free educational videos and educational handout

Individual Cost: 

$70+GST (discounts for packages)

Level 2 / ‘Standard’ Teleconference Home Office Workstation Risk Assessment

Self assessment form + Online 20 minutes

The standard home office risk assessment is for workers without any current musculoskeletal concerns

This teleconference may include the following:

  • Job task analysis / discussion of tasks worker will complete from home
  • Review and discussion of worker’s current home office set up
  • Discussion of current concerns and issues relating to worker’s home office
  • Education on current physical set up and working behaviours
  • Advice and prescription of appropriate movement strategies i.e. may include stretching, mobility and simple strengthening exercises

Includes:

  • Completion of self assessment form
  • Review of self assessment form by health professional
  • 1:1 consultation with health professional (20 minutes)
  • Risk assessment report including advice and recommendations
  • Access to CWHA free educational videos and educational handouts

Individual Cost: 

$120+GST (discounts for packages)

Level 3 / ‘Detailed’ Teleconference Home Office Workstation Risk Assessment

Self assessment form + Online 30-40 minutes

The detailed home office risk assessment is for workers experiencing complex musculoskeletal complaints and/or multiple musculoskeletal complaints

This teleconference may include the following:

  • Case history of worker’s complaint
  • Job task analysis / discussion of tasks worker will complete from home
  • Review and discussion of worker’s current home office set up
  • Discussion of current concerns and issues relating to worker’s home office
  • Education on current physical set up and working behaviours
  • Advice and prescription of appropriate movement strategies i.e. may include stretching, mobility and simple strengthening exercises

Includes:

  • Completion of self assessment form
  • Review of self assessment form by health professional
  • 1:1 consultation with health professional (30-40 minutes)
  • Risk assessment report including advice and recommendations
  • Access to CWHA free educational videos and educational handouts

Individual Cost: 

$180+GST (discounts for packages)

Online (live) ergonomic workstation train the assessor course

Level 1 ergonomic train the assessor – Educating workers on how to set a worker up at their workstation

Online and live 2 hours

This 2 hour live webinar ergonomic train the assessor workshop is an online version of our level 1 face to face course and has been designed to provide a group of workers (up to 6 attendees) with a better understanding of how to set up an ergonomic workstation, allowing them to assist in setting up a workstation for a new worker or a worker who has relocated within the office. Suitable for those companies wishing to provide refresher training on how to set up a workstation and for those companies where workers are at high risk of developing musculoskeletal complaints due to spending long periods of time at their desk.

Note:  This level 1 workshop does not train workers to be able to conduct a basic ergonomic workstation assessment and complete an assessment report.  Please refer to our level 2 training should you be looking for this service.

Who Would Benefit From This Ergonomic Training Session?

  • Companies who wish to train key workers (HR, OHS, People & Culture, Team Leaders, IT) in being able to set other workers up at their workstation.
  • This is the ideal workshop for companies needing to set up new workers, workers returning from maternity leave and workers who have recently changed desks.
  • Companies who would like to promote a more active workplace and educate their workers on how to improve their sitting and working postures and ergonomics.

Subjects covered include:

  • Ergonomic Chairs – the ins and outs for the variety of workers in your workplace
  • Setting up the chair for a worker in relation to the desk available
  • Footrests – when and how
  • Keyboard and mouse setup
  • Monitor setup – single or multiple
  • Phone and document setup
  • When to refer for an external assessment

Inclusions:

  • Certificate of attendance
  • PDF handouts of the powerpoint presentation
  • Educational workstation leaflet

All attendees will receive access to our online office workstation desk set up training (3 hours online learning course which is valued at $129 per person).  Click here to learn more about our online course.

Frequently Asked Questions 

Are all ergonomic chairs the same?

No, the size of the base and backrest, as well as the adjustable features should all be considered with selecting an ergonomic chair. If you choose the wrong chair size it will not provide the recommended support.

Are all ergonomic footrests the same?

No, there are a wide range of ergonomic footrests. Our preferred footrest type is one which can be adjusted in height. This then can be adjusted to the needs of each individual. If the footrest is too high or too low it will affect foot and leg support while working. 

How often should I have a break from my desk?

As a general recommendation we recommend breaking from your desk every 30-60mins of work. This may be different for some individuals depending on your work tasks as some work tasks force breaks away from the desk. However, if your work tasks are largely static, stand and move every 30-60mins of work for 1-2mins.

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