Scenario: 

2 parents who are currently required to work from home, with one full time and the other part time. 

Home office workstation 1

Downstairs workstation

Environment: 

  • The home office has been set up in the garage which has been converted into a breakout area.
  • There is limited external lighting, but overhead lighting is suitable
  • The temperature is controlled by external heating/cooling
  • Flooring has been placed down with rubber matting and rugs
  • There is ample space behind the desk to move and underneath the desk
  • The printer is placed on a storage unit for easy access

Workstation

  • The desk is a height adjustable sit stand desk that is > 1.8m wide
  • There is 1 ergonomic task chair
  • There are 2 workstations for use (apple and PC set up) and external keyboard, mouse and height adjustable monitor stands/arms to allow for maneourability

How is the space used

  • One worker will use this space at any one time. 
  • Worker who requires desk space, printing etc is prioritised for using this area

Home Workstation 2

Upstairs workstation

Environment: 

  • The home office has been set up in a spare bedroom upstairs
  • There is ample external and internal lighting
  • The temperature is controlled by internal heating and cooling
  • Flooring is standard carpet
  • There is ample space behind the desk

Workstation

  • The desk is a small fixed height desk
  • There is 1 ergonomic task chair
  • The workstation consists of a monitor on stand, keyboard, mouse and secondary laptop stand

How is the space used

  • One worker will use this space at any one time. 
  • Worker who is not required to perform long duration typing and mouse tasks or use paper, print paper etc uses this workstation

Other General Advice Given

  • Take short breaks regularly every 30-60 minutes
  • Every 2-3 hours move for longer i.e. walk, or do some exercise
  • Break up the work day into chunks i.e. 2-3 hours of work
  • Devise a work plan and how work, child minding and activity can be structured


If you are currently working from home and would like to know how you can optimise your current set up, please email us at admin@corporateworkhealth.com.  Corporate Work Health Australia have a range of services that can help you. Find out more @ https://corporateworkhealth.com.au/ergonomic-assessment/covid-19-home-office-workstation-assessments/

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