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How to carry out a Homeworker Risk Assessment

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Ask any working professionals today, ‘what does a typical working day in their lives look like?’ and they would answer that they spend almost all their time sitting or working in front of a computer. Barring a few professions and job roles, work in most other professions is carried out through various computer systems. All you need is an internet connection and the relevant technology for you to be able to work. Although this has simplified the lives of many, it has simultaneously led to a new issue altogether. Sitting in front of the computer for hours can lead to serious muscular and skeletal problems. This can also be accompanied by fatigue, strain, and further injuries.

Our working style and the enormous number of hours we all put into work have necessitated the use of practicing workplace ergonomics. It helps us to maintain a neutral body posture that reduces the chances of any musculoskeletal problem. Furthermore, a good body posture will help us stay focused for longer hours. Whilst many companies today try to ensure they provide ergonomically sound infrastructure for their employees, the same is not always the case when people work from home. Our home couches and beds are unfit for working long hours and prove to be disastrous for our body posture. Thus, all employees should undertake a home worker risk assessment. This work from home assessment will help people in understanding if their home is suitable for long hours of work.

Setting up an ergonomically fit workplace at home is not impossible to achieve. It is a simple task which requires a few basic things:

  1. You should use a chair with good back support.
  2. The monitor should be at eye level.
  3. It is better to use a wrist support pad while operating the mouse to reduce the strain on your wrist or an upright mouse.
  4. Many companies are providing temporary home working guidance online. Make sure you follow advice provided.

Thus, the Homeworker Assessments will help employees turn their homes into the best possible workspace, both for their work and body.

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