In the current world crisis, many people are having to perform their jobs from their home or other remote location. Thanks to mobile devices and digital technology, we already have a proven and effective means to collaborate and stay connected no matter the location. But, how is your remote office set up? Do you have the proper computer equipment and tools to do your job? Is your workplace ergonomically correct?
Unless you’re in the do-it-yourself category, your IT department typically provides you with the appropriate equipment, remote virtual private network (VPN) access, the required software with automatic updates, security guidelines, technical support and more.
Now, assuming you have the proper setup and IT support, how can you prevent ergonomic risk factors and ensure a safe and healthy work environment?
Risk Factors: Oh, My Aching …
Does your neck or back feel stiff or sore? Do you find yourself getting up to stretch more? Do you have sharp pains, numbness or tingling in your fingers, wrists or arms? If you answered yes to any of these questions, you may be ergonomically at risk.
An improper setup can make you susceptible to work-related musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs), including high task repetition, forceful exertions and repetitive/sustained awkward postures where fatigue and discomfort may result.
Some common risk factors include:
Under these conditions, muscles, tendons, ligaments, nerves and blood vessels can be damaged. One of the leading causes of work-related disabilities is back injury so correct posture and getting up to move around is extremely important. The overall goal here is to follow an ergonomic plan to eliminate any physical discomfort and risk of injury.
Good ergonomic best practices are important to get the most from your personal workstation and to avoid discomfort. This means that the computer equipment and your workspace should be arranged to suit your individual needs and the kind of work that you do.
When sitting at a computer workstation, the following tips can help minimize physical discomfort that may accompany prolonged static postures and repetitive motions:
We hope these ergonomic best practices make your remote office more comfortable, safe, secure and above all injury free! Remember to evaluate your current setup on a regular basis
Be safe and stay well!
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