I was pleased to find an email in my inbox from the University Safety & Health Adviser suggesting ways that we can make sure we are sitting comfortably at our desks. Health and Safety issues had come up at the recent home working talk I gave and I’d had to admit I wasn’t great in this area and that really we were meant to self-assess.
The University have released a poster showing us how to sit and have also passed on some useful links with further information.
- The HSE ‘office safety’ page has free information on computer
workstation information and other office health and safety issues. Visit
- The HSE ‘Muscular Skeletal Disorders (MSD)’ has free information on MSD,
including a section devoted to computer use. It also has some useful
manual handling information – another aspect of MSD. Visit
- The HSE ‘ergonomics’ page provides further insight into good workplace
layout. Computer workstations are only addressed in passing as part of a
larger issue. Visit http://www.hse.gov.uk/humanfactors/index.htm
Maybe it’s time you checked whether you are sitting comfortably and correctly. Bad backs are no fun at all!