To maximise your health and safety in the event you may need to work from home, the following tips have been prepared by the health and safety team:
- Identify a designated work zone (desk, chair) and ensure all work is conducted exclusively within this zone
- Ensure the desk has enough space on top for all required items and there are no items under the desk restricting leg room
- Select a well-fitting comfortable chair with back support
- Adopt as closely as possible the following seated posture at the desk:
- Shoulders relaxed and symmetrical
- Elbows close to the sides of the body
- Forearms approximately parallel to the floor
- Thighs approximately parallel to the floor
- Feet flat on the floor or supported on a footrest or sturdy box If a standing desk is available adopt the first 3 points
- Position the computer monitor so the top of the screen is approximately eye height
If using a desk top computer: the monitor should be directly in front of you, about arm’s reach away.
If using a laptop: raise it on a laptop riser or a box/books/stand. A separate keyboard and a mouse will be required
- Position your keyboard on the desktop in front of you at a distance from the desk edge that feels comfortable and supportive for your arms and shoulders. Keep the mouse in close to the keyboard
- Use hands-free equipment (e.g. speaker or Bluetooth device, etc.) if frequent phone conversations or multi-tasking is required.
- Consider other physical elements of the environment that may impact on your comfort including
- Noise levels. Noise should be conducive to concentration
- Lighting. Lighting should be appropriate for the task, and does not cause leaning or squinting to read
- Housekeeping. Remove any items, objects or furniture that could be tripped over
- Schedule time for regular breaks. Observe standard University tea and lunch breaks and in addition take a 2-minute break away from your desk every 30 minutes to stretch and move.
- Ensure you have access to all required systems and resources to conduct your work and make appropriate arrangements to communicate with your team, e.g. zoom/tele-conferencing/email