If you’re a regular reader of my blog you will know I’m self-employed and work from home. I haven’t always worked from home, I have previously worked for two major supermarket chains and also as a telesales assistant on two occasions. Having worked for an employer and as someone who is self-employed, it’s nice to be able to appreciate health and safety in the workplace from both sides of the coin so to speak.
If you’re employed then chances are you have health and safety rules in your workplace that your employer and you must follow. These rules will usually be relevant to your line of work, for example, a builder will have different health and safety rules compared to an office worker.
Sheilds nebosh general certificate providers recently undertook a survey which revealed some of the biggest office hazards in the UK. As someone who is self-employed and spends my days in an office-style environment, I found it really interesting and it got me thinking about what health and safety measures I should be implementing when working from home.
If you’re a blogger or work from home at a desk then there are a few important health and safety rules which you should consider implementing.
This is something I have to admit I have only been doing recently but I have found it has helped reduce the strain on my eyes. For each hour you work at the computer it’s advisable to have a 5-minute break. This could simply be moving away from the computer to perform another non-computer related task.
It’s quite common to get eye strain from looking at a computer screen all day but there are a few things you can do to try and help keep it to a minimum. Using an anti-glare screen filter can help take the glare away from the screen which can be a common cause of eye strain. It’s also important to have your eyes tested regularly because if you need glasses but don’t wear them this could cause your eyes to become strained resulting in headaches and problems with your vision.
When you work for an employer they will usually provide a good office chair which will be comfortable for you to sit at for long periods of time. If you’re self-employed then the decision on which chair to buy is down to you, but it’s worth investing in a good one. When sitting in your chair it should be adjusted so your feet are flat on the floor, you should adjust the backrest to support your lower back and your arms and wrist should be straight when typing so ensuring your chair is at the correct height is also important.
If you implement and follow the suggestions above you should find that any issues that can arise from working at a computer for long periods of time are diminished greatly. I have noticed a marked improvement, especially in the reduction of eye strain.
Do let me know in the comments if you have any advice or tips for working from home, I would love to hear them.