April 7, 2020

Useful Tips

SLOW INTERNET:Is anyone in your household streaming videos? Did you know watching videos on YouTube or Netflix can make your Laptop or PC run slow.

Working from Home: Nothing comes without challenges and working from home is no exception. Key advice: Always lock your PC /Laptop when not in use, even for a coffee break, you do not want to return to find the children using your designated screen time for a Joe Wicks PE Session on YouTube. Remember to save as you go. Always use manufacturers recommended chargers and adaptors. Do not overload power sockets. Never leave on charge overnight. Remember to allow software updates to run before shutting down. Cables and leads are potential trip hazards Remember to remove/ unplug your wired headset before leaving your workstation if they are not Bluetooth connected.

Remember: Washyour Hands at regular intervals and remember to anti bac your keyboards, mice, remote controls and screens, do not use water on electrical or battery-operated equipment.

Create a workspace: Working from the kitchen table or sofa is not going to cut it. Ergonomically and mentally-you need where possible to separate your work and living space. Make sure you set up your workspace correctly to avoid and DSE related injuries – Repetitive Strain Injuries (RSI), Work Related Upper Limb Disorders (WRULDS) injuries, eyesight problems and take regular breaks.

Protect your Eyes & remember to blink!

  • Keep your monitor at about an arm’s length
  • Reduce monitor brightness until comfortable
  • When sitting, avoid facing a window or bright light
  • Invest in a desk lamp if your workstation is poorly lit
  • Make sure that all windows have blinds that block light

Head, Neck and Shoulders

  • Make sure the monitor is at the correct height (the toolbars at the top of the screen should be at eye level)
  • Find the correct height for your desk, by sitting with your feet flat on the floor then hold your arms at a relaxed 90° angle. Measure the space between the floor and your hands – and this is the best desk height for you
  • If your job involves working with documents, invest in a copy holder If your work involves a lot of writing, think about a writing slope Both products mean that you don’t have to drop your head and neck to work

Minimise your risk of getting backache

  • Help improve your posture. To find your optimal seat height, sit with your feet flat on the floor and raise your chair as high as possible (but keeping your feet flat on the floor)
  • When you’ve found your optimum seat height, if your elbows are below your wrists when using the keyboard, then you’re sitting position is too low. You can solve this by raising your chair so that your elbows and wrists are level and if required use a footrest
  • If your optimum seat height means you can’t get your legs under your desk, either raise your desk or invest in leg risers
  • It is obvious but avoid sitting in the same position for long periods.

Wrists, forearms and hands 

  • Avoid bending hands up at the wrist when typing (wrists should remain at a similar height to the keyboard or mouse)
  • Forearms should be parallel to the floor
  • Invest in an ergonomic mouse, which can help alleviate some of the wrist pain associated with RSI

Legs and feet

  • Enhance circulation in legs by using an office chair which uses a free-floating mechanism – this keeps you moving whilst you are sitting
  • Make sure there are no obstructions under the desk area
  • Remember to adopt a good sitting posture (feet flat on the floor or footrest, and hips slightly above your knees)
  • Ensure there is adequate space from the back of the knee to seat on the office chair (minimum of 50mm or roughly two or three fingers width)