Could Your Home Office Be Dangerous?
May 26, 2020
As more people are working from home due to the pandemic, the safety of at-home work environments is coming under scrutiny.
Workplaces are legally mandated to maintain strict safety standards. The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) policies provide guidance and protection. However, when working from home, that burden falls on you.
Telework.gov offers a Home Office Safety Checklist to help you stay alert to the dangers found in home workspaces. The checklist covers items like tripping and fire hazards to lighting and ergonomic issues.
For example, mismanaged power cords, outlets, and cluttered paper could pose a potential shock or fire hazard in a household workspace. Also, the ergonomics of your workspace is important to pay attention to. Without proper support for your back, knees, and wrists, workers could be setting themselves up for extreme injuries over time.
When working from home, “It’s up to you to create a workspace that can both fuel your productivity and protect you as a valuable asset of your company,” Forbes.com reports.
Access the complete checklist at telework.gov.
Updated: January 22, 2021