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As we start our second lockdown on this ominously foggy day, I have just seen that the HSE have updated their guidance on looking after the health and wellbeing of homeworkers. I am so relieved as I have seen ever increasing severity of issues amongst the homeworkers I am assessing. It is so frustrating, as simple measures at the beginning would have saved months of discomfort. However, thankfully our bodies are pretty bioplastic and it is never too late to make an uncomfortable set up better.
As small snippet is below:

To help people working at home.
Specialised DSE equipment needs
Employers should try to meet those needs where possible.
For some equipment (eg keyboards, mouse, riser) this could mean allowing workers to take this equipment home.
For other larger items (eg ergonomic chairs, height-adjustable desks) encourage workers to try other ways of creating a comfortable working environment (eg supporting cushions).

Keep DSE arrangements under review
As any period of temporary home working extends, employers should have regular discussions with workers to assess whether additional steps are needed, for example where they report:
  • aches, pains or discomfort related to their temporary DSE arrangements
  • adverse effects of working in isolation, on remote IT systems
  • working longer hours without adequate rest and recovery breaks
Where employers decide to make working from home arrangements permanent, they should explain how to carry out full workstation assessments and provide workers with appropriate equipment and advice on control measures.

At Inspired Ergonomics we specialise in providing expert ergonomic advise, delivered remotely, for homeworkers, using a scientific yet pragmatic approach. We go above and beyond HSE guidelines to ensure you comply to the highest standards, so if we can be of assistance just contact us to book a free discovery call on how can help you to look after your employees.

HSE DSE Updated Working from Home Guidance

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