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Display screen safety when working from home

15 May 2020
As a result of many businesses following government guidance to implement social distancing and to keep non-essential travel to a minimum to reduce the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19), many workplaces and offices have been closed. If the majority of your work is desk-based, many employees have been asked to continue to work from home.
Working from home will be a new experience for many of these workers who would usually be well equipped to work in their office, but may be uncertain about working from home. We have created the below infographic demonstrating how to safely work from home when using Display Screen Equipment (DSE).
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Using a suitable chair

To evaluate if your chair is practical for use at home, check that it meets the following criteria:

  • Suitable for the user and stable
  • Back height and tilt are comfortable
  • The small of your back is supported
  • Forearms should be level with the screen when held horizontal
  • Eyes should also be level with the top of the screen
  • Feet should be flat to the floor without pressure from the seat.

Setting up your desk

Once you are comfortable in your chair, sit at your desk and make sure that you have suitable equipment that can do the following:

  • Find a comfortable typing position
  • Have good keyboard technique
  • Have clear characters on your keyboard
  • Keep your keyboard separate from the screen
  • Tilt your keyboard
  • Have a working mouse
  • Position your mouse close to you
  • Have support for your wrists and forearms
  • Have a suitable device speed
  • Easily adjust the speed and accuracy of the mouse
  • Fit all equipment on the desk
  • Reach all equipment
  • Surfaces are free from glare

Screen safety

Poor screen setup can lead to eyesight difficulties and headaches. Avoid these health problems by making sure your screen is suitable for use:

  • Text size should be easy to read
  • Screen image should be free from flickering and jittering
  • Screen should be stable
  • Brightness and contrast should be adjustable
  • The screen should be able to tilt
  • The screen should be free from reflections
  • Screen height should be adjustable, or you should use adjusters or raisers to adjust the height
  • Eyes should be level with the top of the screen

Environment and noise

Your working environment should be suitable for work. Check that your workspace meets the following criteria:

  • You can move around freely
  • Lighting is suitable
  • The air feels comfortable
  • Heat levels are comfortable
  • Noise levels are comfortable
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