- Brie DeLisi, Associate Partner, Propulo Consulting
Whether you are a seasoned remote employee or new to working from home due to COVID-19, there are a number of considerations to take for working at home safely.
Maintaining proper office ergonomics helps to ensure your body is appropriately protected – you may need to employ a few household items to support working in a proper position, such as using books or a box to prop up your laptop to be eye level. Utilize the OSHA Computer Workstation eTool and share with your team to conduct an office ergonomics self-assessment for their current work station. If possible, encourage employees to use a separate keyboard and mouse from their laptops (perhaps temporarily borrowed from the office workstation) for proper ergonomic set ups. Don’t forget to take hourly breaks to stretch and walk around, especially if you are working in a less-than-ideal body position.
Additionally, this is a great time to review general home safety including items like fire safety, food and chemical storage, and fall prevention. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development created a Home Safety Brochure that covers the majority of at home safety considerations.