Homeworking Safety

Many of us are permanently or hybrid working from home since the recent COVID-19 pandemic.

Even though the shared office environment may be a thing of the past, it is still important to take precautions and maintain a safe work environment while working from home. Below are some key considerations. 

  • Ergonomics: Set up a comfortable and properly adjusted workspace. Use an ergonomic chair which offers suitable lumbar support, position your monitor at eye level, and ensure your keyboard and mouse are within reach. Keep your desk clutter-free, particularly underneath, so items do not impede your leg room forcing you to adopt an awkward sitting position. 
  • Lighting: Maintain adequate lighting to reduce eye strain. Natural light is ideal, but if not available, use appropriate lighting fixtures and don’t forget to adjust as the day goes on. 
  • Electrical safety: Ensure that electrical cords and equipment are in good condition and not overloaded. It is a good idea to carry out daily pre-use inspections. Use surge protectors and avoid running cords under carpets or across walkways. 
  • Fire safety: Have working smoke alarms and ideally a fire extinguisher in your home. Avoid overloading electrical outlets and be cautious with space heaters or candles. Keep combustible items to a minimum. 
  • Internet security: Use a secure and encrypted Wi-Fi network. Keep your devices and software up to date, use strong passwords, and be cautious of phishing attempts or suspicious links. 
  • Data protection: Protect sensitive work-related information by using secure file storage and sharing methods. Encrypt important files and use virtual private networks (VPNs) when accessing company resources remotely. 
  • Breaks and physical activity: Take regular breaks to stretch, rest your eyes, and avoid prolonged sitting. Stay hydrated and keep healthy snacks at hand to maintain blood sugar levels and energy. Engage in physical activities to promote overall well-being. 
  • Mental well-being: Establish clear boundaries between work and personal life. Maintain regular communication with colleagues and managers and seek support if needed. Practice self-care techniques to manage stress.  
  • Emergency preparedness: Know emergency procedures and have emergency contact information readily available. 


Remember, these are general guidelines, and it’s equally important to follow any specific instructions or policies provided by your employer. 

iProtectU provides DSE assessment forms and allows a user to create, edit and document a risk assessment covering their work environment and activities. 

iProtectU brings together the key resources and knowledge of three companies specialising in EHS software development, health and safety, business intelligence and data analytics. 

Our vision is to provide fully integrated, cost effective and simple to use health and safety software tools that enable our clients to engage their entire team.  

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