Health & Safety Moment - Working from Home
Working from home is now a reality for a growing number of employees. Because you are in your own home, it can be easy to overlook safety practices that you may take for granted in an office.
Ergonomic Best Practices
· Your workstation is set up properly: that the keyboard is at the right height (wrists are in a neutral position), that the mouse is on the same level as the keyboard and that the table or desk you are using is sturdy enough to handle the weight of the equipment
- Your workspace is appropriate for work – allowing for easy concentration
- The lighting is properly arranged as to minimize any reflections or glare on the computer monitor
Electrical Safety Best Practices
- Avoid overloading outlets.
- Regularly check electrical cords for damage.
- Use extension cords only when needed and on a temporary basis.
- Place equipment close to electrical outlets.
- Place electrical cords and wires in an organized manner so that there are no tripping hazards.
Fire Safety Best Practices
- Have a working smoke detector in the workspace.
- Maintain a home multipurpose fire extinguisher, which you know how to use and is readily available.
- Keep papers and other potential combustibles at least 3 feet away from radiators, heaters, and other heat sources.
Mental Health Tips
- Keep a regular work schedule. Take a shower in the morning, change your clothes, and get into the mindset of working once you get into your office.
- Set up an office in a separate space that is free of distractions if possible.
- Maintain contact with your coworkers via Zoom or email.
- Take breaks when needed.