With the rise in sedentary working lifestyle in recent years, the preverlance of musculo-sketelal related sickness leave is on the increase. Sitting for long periods of time can have a serious affect on the upper thoracic and neck areas of the spine. By being aware, there are simple things we can do that will help mittigate the effect of long hours spent in front of a computer;
The research found that nearly one in five workers never leave their desk during lunchtime, despite warnings that being sat for eight hours a day kills as many people globally as smoking. More
We can be often tempted to adopt a less than ideal posture when using a laptop, choosing a more laidback appraoch to working
The animated video below highlights some of the key points to consider when working from home.
Whether sitting up in bed or sitting at a low coffee table, an adjustable laptop stand like the Etpak Stand can be a useful accessory.
In the UK, the Health and Safety Executive has set out employers’ duties for display screen equipment in the Health and Safety (Display Screen Equipment) Regulations 1992 as amended by the Health and Safety (Miscellaneous Amendments) Regulations 2002. Among the regulations is the requirement to risk assess computer workstations:
Every employer shall perform a suitable and sufficient analysis of the workstation…for the purpose of assessing the health and safety risks to which those persons are exposed in the consequence of that use.
Help yourself by doing a workplace assessment. Simply Google 'work place assement' or talk to your Employer
Or download the HSE DSE Guide here
Back pain can be caused by different work factors. The exact cause is often unclear, but back pain is more common in occupational roles that involve:
More information from the HSE for Employers
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