Computer health and safety
You may be required to study or work from home. Here are some practical reminders for how to do so healthily and safely.
2 block: workstation and wellbeing
Working Zone set up
You can reduce your risk of musculoskeletal injury simply by setting up your working zone and arranging the equipment on your desk into zones. There is a lot you can do to work well at home to prevent discomfort. Please take some time to:
- Know your Ergonomic Working Zones [PDF].
- See the Workstation Set Up diagram for guidance.
- Review the Posturite Homeworking Solutions Infographic [PDF].
Setting up your working zone at home is similar to studying and working in the Department. Your working zone should include:
- A table/desk
- A chair
- Laptop, tablet or PC
- Peripherals e.g., mouse, keyboard
Find an area with adequate space to set up a suitable working zone. Ensure there is sufficient light, ventilation and no trailing cords.
It is important to take regular breaks and maintain positive wellbeing when studying and working from home. Make sure to:
- Take a micro-break (2-3 minutes) every 20 minutes.
- Take a break (5 minutes) every hour e.g., make a hot drink or walk around the room.
- Do simple Workstation Exercises [PDF].
- Keep hydrated and drink water.
- Enjoy healthy snacks and avoid sugary or fatty foods.
- Stay connected and maintain social connections with your team, family, friends and community. Keep regular contact with your tutor and peers to keep them informed you are safe and well.
Check your electrical equipment is still safe to use.
Do not overload sockets or daisy chain extension leads.
Become familiar with all escape routes in case of a fire and make sure they are clear.
Eyestrain is a common problem for people who spend many hours at a computer screen or reading fine print documents. If you stare at something for too long, your eyes can tire. To avoid fatigue, eyes need to focus at different distances from time to time. It's a good idea to follow the 20:20:20 rule - every twenty minutes, look twenty feet away for twenty seconds.