Personal Health & Hygiene

  • Do you have any flu symptoms such as headaches, running nose, sore throat, cough or fever?

  • Has anyone in your home travelled overseas in the past two weeks?

  • Do you have hand sanitizer and face masks on hand?

Workspace

  • How would you describe your home office

  • During the work day, are you likely to be distracted by others in the home?

  • Take some photos of your work area

  • Is there anything that can be done to improve your working from home environment?

Workstation

  • Do you have a desk or table to work from?

  • Is your chair set up correctly? Is your lower back supported and are your feet flat on the floor?

  • Do you have enough surface space on your desk to work comfortably?

  • Are your keyboard and mouse clean and within easy reach, without having to stretch?

  • Can you easily reach everything that you need without twisting and straining your upper body?

Display screen

  • Is your display screen clean and positioned so there is no glare from a window or light?

  • Is your display screen level with your eyes so it doesn’t cause discomfort to your neck or head?

Fire & Electrical Safety

  • Do you have an emergency assembly point outside of your home in place in case of fire?

  • Are your smoke detectors working and checked regularly, e.g. every month?

  • Do you regularly dispose of waste, including papers, to prevent a build- up of fire ‘fuel’?

  • Have you checked electrical equipment for spark, signs of damage or deterioration?

  • Do you switch off equipment when not in use?

Stress & Welfare

  • Do you sit with a good posture and not hunched over the desk?

  • Are you able to carry out regular stretches at your desk to avoid stiff or sore muscles?

  • Do you have easy access to first aid equipment if required?

  • Do you have a window or long distance view to look at every 15 minutes to give your short sighted muscles a rest?

Slips, trips & fall hazards

  • Are floor coverings, such as carpets and rugs, secure?

  • Are walkways and corridors clear of trip hazards?

  • Is the floor area around your desk clear of boxes, papers and wires?

Lone working

  • Do you know the name and number of a manager or supervisor who you can get in touch with easily?

  • Do you have a system for regularly ‘checking in’ with your employer if you are not visibly online each day?

  • Is your home kept secure whilst you’re working there?

  • Are important files and laptops kept locked away securely when not in use?

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