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Work From Home? Why You Still Need to Worry About Safety

3.7 million people now work from home at least half the time in the U.S. That is 2.5% of the workforce. The ability to work from home sounds like a dream to most. Working in your pajamas? What could go wrong? As it turns out, a lot can go wrong.

Safety for remote workers is often overlooked by employers, but the home can be a dangerous place .Unintentional home injuries cost the U.S. economy about $379 billion annually. If your company has a work from home policy you are considering taking advantage of, make sure you educate yourself about the safety risks and properly prepare for them.

Ergonomics

Anyone who has worked a desk job can likely attest to the negative physical effects of sitting and staring at a screen all day. Since most employees who work remotely do so at a computer, it is especially important for them to be aware of ergonomic best practices. While it can be tempting to work while laying down on your couch or bed when working from home your back and wrists won’t thank you for it.

Get a desk chair with lumbar support and adjust the height so that your feet are flat on the floor. Consider using a keyboard tray so that your elbows are at a 90 degree angle and your wrists are straight. Lastly, don’t forget the 20-20-20 rule. For every 20 minutes you look at your screen, look at something 20 feet away for 20 seconds,

Fire Safety

Get your home fire safety and evacuation ready! Get your home fire safety and evacuation ready!

House fires don’t just start in the kitchen. In fact, thousands of house fires every year are caused by faulty electrics. When setting up your home work station, be careful not to overload sockets. You should also have your electronic equipment checked regularly to look for frayed wires or other hazards. In case a fire does break out, make sure you have smoke alarms and an easily accessible fire extinguisher.

Isolation

It can be very demoralizing to be stuck in your head and not to get talk to people. Although you may take your office relationships for granted sometimes, humans are social creatures and you will miss that stimulation when it is suddenly gone. To counter this, make business phone calls, use Skype to keep in touch with contacts, attend networking events and try working outside or in a coffee shop to change things up.

See our Slip, Trip & Fall Safety Training Materials! See our Slip, Trip & Fall Safety Training Materials!

Slips and Falls

Whether you trip over your dog, slip on some ice in your driveway, or trip walking down the stairs, down the stairs, slips and falls are a huge danger when working at home. Most injuries like this go unreported, but many of them end up in the court. Unfortunately there is only so much you can do to prevent this kind of accident. The best thing you can do is to not let yourself get complacent about your personal safety. Be aware of the risks and stay alert.

Stay Home, Stay Safe

Working from home is a great opportunity to spend more time with your family, reduce stress and eliminate a long commute. It is also a great opportunity to prove to your employer that you are trustworthy and responsible. By ensuring the safety of your home work station you can continue to take advantage of the benefits of working from home without putting yourself at risk.

About the Contributing Author:

Carla Williams writes on behalf of Safety 1 Industries, a woman owned company that carries safety protection materials and products.Home-Biz

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