QUESTION: Since we have employees working from home due to the COVID-19 pandemic, do I need to be concerned about their computer workstation set-up?
ANSWER: Yes, it is important to include home-based employees into your office ergonomic program. Employees can experience discomfort from improper computer workstation set-up both in the workplace and at home. If employees are experiencing discomfort such as neck, back, shoulder, or wrist pain during the workday, adjustments need to be made before it becomes chronic and develops into a Musculoskeletal Disorder (MSD). According to 2020 Liberty Mutual Workplace Safety Index, tasks that cause workplace MSDs are in the top 10 causes of disabling workplace injuries costing U.S. businesses $20 billion dollars. To help prevent MSD injuries for the home-based office employee, BWC published a YouTube video to improve employee’s comfort utilizing common household items. Click on the following link to view, BWC home office set-up.
If you would like additional resources or to request a virtual office ergonomic assessment, please contact your local BWC Ergonomist or request their service on-line at BWC Safety and Health Consulting Request. Essentially, their consultations are free to use since your BWC premiums include their services.
*Provided by the Ohio BWC safety consultants.