Setting Up Your New Home Office

Just as in the office, your workstation must be set up in a way that is safe, comfortable and easy to use. It should contain everything you need for a working day (and none of the excess clutter you don’t!)

When setting up a home office, your space should be: 

  • Compliant;
  • Secure;
  • Safe;
  • Functional;
  • Ergonomic;
  • Positive and personalised.

Select a dedicated working area

It’s important to create a defined, professional working area that allows you to separate your business world from your family life.

It’s best to section off a part of the house as a dedicated work area, or to create a space where you can close the doors on any distractions.

When you mentally associate that area with paid work – rather than your daily life and household chores – you’ll find you’re much more productive.  

Create an ergonomically-sound workspace

Make sure you’re working in a well-lit area to reduce the strain on your eyes, and upgrade to a chair that offers good back support.

Maintain a symmetrical body position - don’t cross your legs, or lean over or twist your body. Your screen, keyboard or work surface should be directly in front of you.

Your eyes should be level with the top of your screen, and the screen should be about an arm's length away from you.

Keep your workspace clean and safe

A workspace that’s clear is much more conducive to productive thinking.

Keep any computer cords or cables off the floor and neatly arranged out of the way of passing feet, and make sure you your workspace, keyboard and devices are clean and tidy.

You might be working from home, but it doesn’t mean you’re not at risk of the same accidents and injuries as in your normal workspace.

In fact, some of the most common types of injuries experienced in the home office are:   

In fact, some of the most common types of injuries experienced in the home office are:   

  • Trips;
  • Falls;
  • Fires;
  • Electrocutions; and
  • Bleeding.

Ensure you have a fully stocked SURVIVAL First Aid KIT within easy access to deal with any emergencies or injuries.

Remember: according to SafeWork Australia, the model WHS laws still apply when you’re working from home. If you have concerns about the safety of your home workstation set up, talk to your employer.  

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Find out more.

At SURVIVAL, our goal is to support every individual to remain safe, healthy and compliant while working from home.

Our FREE iFirstAid app and FREE downloadable First Aid Emergency Handbook will help ensure all employees have access to first aid information at their fingertips.

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