Are you sitting comfortably?

3 minute read | 08 April 2020 08:22:11 BST

We are in unprecedented times, I never once thought that I’d be sat at work in my pyjamas!

Just a few weeks ago, I was in my same normal routine, get ready, go to my workplace, settle in at my desk and look forward to spending the day with my colleagues. Today, unless we are key workers - who are doing an amazing job - we find ourselves perhaps working from home. The playing field has changed dramatically, and we need to adjust to this.

 Are you compliant?

Let’s be realistic, if you working from home, or informed not to work until further notice, but are using the time effectively to learn new skills online, it is unlikely that we are sat at a desk which is straight out of the HSE’s publication L26, working with display screen equipment, regulations 1992. So, what can we do?

Well, your employer must try to:

  • give you access to a DSE assessment
  • reduce risks, including making sure you have advice on taking those well-deserved breaks
  • provide an eye test if you require one
  • provide useful resources to help you stay safe and healthy

Hopefully, whilst in your workplace, you would have received the necessary training on setting up a workspace and would have completed a DSE workstation assessment. In your new circumstances, you’ll need to carry out one from home.

You may not have a fully adjustable chair at home which has five feet and castors, but make sure that the chair you are using is comfortable. My advice is do the best you can under the circumstances If needed, use cushions to add comfort and lumbar support.

With more and more businesses switching to remote working, Astutis has a useful toolkit to help with using your DSE. The Home Worker toolkit allows you to complete a DSE assessment whilst helping you avoid health related problems when remote working. The course also includes advice on best to work on mobile devices as well as useful hints and tips on mental wellbeing.

 Are you ready?

Here at Astutis we want you to stay safe and stay healthy, so set up your work station as best as you can, remembering the guidance and training you have received from your employer, or via the Astutis Working-From-Home Toolkit. It’s a change for all of us, but we’re all in this together.

If you’re interested in the Home Worker Toolkit, you can purchase it directly from the Astutis Online Shop.

Tags: DSE toolkit

Paul Shergold

Paul is a Health and Safety Trainer at Astutis with experience in the delivery of IOSH and NEBOSH accredited courses. After eight years in the British Army, Paul pursued a career in Health and Safety and has almost 10 years of experience in the sector. During his career, Paul has implemented numerous management systems to improve the health and safety of employees and contractors, including contractor appraisals, inductions, incident/accident reporting and investigation processes.