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Look after your home workers

As an employer with display screen users, you have a duty of care to assess the risks not just of your office based staff but also any of your staff who work from home.

With so many employees now working at home and often sat at a desk, using a computer the risks to health and safety have changed.

According to a recent survey by a not-for-profit health insurer, more than one in three remote workers say that they have experienced new back pain since working regularly from home and three in five say employers failed to support them in setting up a workstation at home that promotes healthy posture. 

BHSF says that although businesses are investing millions of pounds on office ergonomics, they are failing to extend the same care to home workers, with women feeling particularly let down and those over 50 being particularly vulnerable. The not-for-profit insurer added that a failure to protect employees who are benefiting from flexible working practices could result in a rise in musculoskeletal issues in the future.

Risk Assessment Solutions Display Screen Equipment Assessments, will assess posture and comfort, work station design and set up and types of activities to ensure the safety and health of your employees. Display Screen Equipment (DSE) includes any item of computer-related equipment including the display screens, computer, keyboard, mouse, desk and chair.

A very simple suggestion to get your staff moving would be get hold of an app that goes off periodically, which reminds the user to go for a brief walk around the office or stretch to workout those back muscles.

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