Many employees are now working from home.  They may be working at the kitchen table in an environment that is not designed for prolonged sitting.  They may not have had time to prepare a proper working environment.  Prolonged sitting is problematic anyway and by its very nature causes unnatural strains on the body which can lead to musculo-skeletal problems.

Your staff may be experiencing new aches and pains or existing ones may be exaggerated.

I have expert knowledge and experience in providing remote workstation assessments.  Together your employee and I can create a comfortable working environment using tools found around the home.  This will reduce their risk of musculo-skeletal injury and fulfill your duty of care as an employer.

Woman in home office suffering from neck pain sitting at computer desk

You still have a legal obligation

As an employer, you have the same health and safety responsibilities for home workers as for any other workers.

The HSE has advised that "there is no increased risk from DSE work for those working at home temporarily. So in that situation employers do not need to do home workstation assessments."

However, they do not stipulate how long temporarily is.  We may be working from home for most of the year.   For those "who are working at home on a long-term basis, the risks associated with using display screen equipment (DSE) must be controlled. This includes doing home workstation assessments."

By utilising my expert knowledge of bio-mechanics and work-related pain I can work with your employees to find ways in which they can best utilise their available equipment, their environment and their work routine to minimise risk.  I can provide practical exercises, stretches, and postural correction to maintain physical health.

By providing a remote home work station assessment you will be reducing the risk to the minimum practicably possible and so fulfill your duty of care in accordance with the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974.

To protect privacy, remote DSE Workstation Assessments are conducted using a secure means either by video link or by telephone.  If employers require a report, with or without pictures, this can be transferred securely in a password-protected format.

Basic assessment

Suitable for any employee who has a new pain or discomfort and has requested help setting up a suitable workstation.

Cost: £45, additional report +£20

Advanced assessment

Suitable for any employee who has a pre-existing pain or injury that has been aggravated by working from home.  This may be because their usual specialist equipment is unavailable or they are unable to access their usual pain management - be that physiotherapy or exercise.

Cost: £90, additional report +£30

Ready to find out more?

To help your employees work more comfortably and therefore more productively at home please get in touch