Even though you may avoid certain risks while working from home, such as driving or contracting illnesses from other employees, you may still be susceptible to injury.
Working on your kitchen table
While receiving guidelines from your employer about safety measurements can be useful, in many cases the problem is a lack of space. Working at your kitchen table isn’t always the best option and small spaces pose a problem when trying to find a peaceful corner where you can get your work done.
If you have problems finding a suitable space to work, don’t worry, you are not alone. A recent study from National accident helpline found this to be a problem for many of those working from home in the UK. Additionally, many don’t have access to the right equipment, the survey concluded, which contributed to an increase of injuries. In fact, 48% reported that they had experienced an accident or injury during their work hours.
Back pain most common
1 in 4 of those working from home experienced back pain, many reported eye strain and neck pain. Others suffered from strain in their hands or similar aches. Any kind of pain is distressing but suffering from strong discomfort or constant pain can be especially distracting when trying to get your work done.
Especially when working full-time from home, you will need to ensure that you can work continuously without too many distractions or delays.
Here are a few things that can help you stay as safe as possible in your home office:
- Take the pressure off your joints by adjusting your posture.
- Keep your keyboard close enough to make typing comfortable.
- Your wrists should be resting lightly on your keyboard so that your arms are parallel to the floor and are bent at a 90° angle.
- Keep your back and neck straight and avoid slouching. If you have trouble paying attention to your posture, you could set reminders to check how you are sitting.
- A monitor can help you see the screen at eye-level.
- Rest your feet flat on the floor.
- Buy an ergonomic desk chair.
- Choose other ergonomic equipment designed to make typing easier, such as an extension for your desk to rest your arms on.
While you are generally safe in your home, studies prove that accidents do happen. While we often don’t take things such as slouching at a desk seriously, it can result in long-term consequences.