Are you sitting safely?

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Are you sitting safely?

Often when we’re at work, we’re thinking about how to prioritise and respond to each of the ten emails that just landed in our inbox in the last ten minutes. Once these have been dealt with, we will probably start thinking about how to fit all of this work around the meetings we have scheduled that day.

While in the office, we’re probably thinking about everything apart from the most important aspect of our lives: our health. High standards of health and safety at work are key to maintaining good health as we work through to the end of our careers and approach retirement. Poor posture, repetitive wrist movements, and excessive sitting can all combine to pose serious health risks as we grow older.

Not moving enough while we work can increase our risk of suffering from illnesses such as carpal tunnel, arthritis, diabetes and even cancer as we grow older. Here are the steps you need to take to implement health and safety measures that will protect your staff from these serious health risks.

Get Your Staff Moving

Taking breaks from their desks will help your staff to deliver you great results while safeguarding their health. People shouldn’t spend more than 30 minutes continuously sitting down. By creating large, open-plan working environments that encourage staff to move around in order to work together on various projects, you will create a healthier working environment for your people.

You’ll also ensure that your workspace complies with the very latest health and safety regulations. It’s also important that you encourage staff to take as much exercise during the day as they possibly can. Including gym memberships as an employment benefit is a fantastic way to encourage your people to stay as active as possible and to ensure that sitting at work has a little detrimental impact on their long-term health as possible.

Promote Good Posture

How your people sit while they work is pivotal to their maintenance of a healthy lifestyle. Their style of sitting is also pivotal to your business’s maintenance of an excellent health and safety record. For that reason, there are some important regulations in place regarding appropriate seating in offices. DSE regulations require all seats in offices to come with height adjustment including back height and tilt adjustment. They must also have a swivel mechanism and casters (or glides).

If your teams are forced to use seats that don’t fulfill these requirements, you are exposing your business to potential regulatory penalties for failure to comply with health and safety regulations, as well as possible legal action if staff members forced to use this furniture become ill and can directly link their illness to the posture they regularly adopted while working for you.

Therefore, it is your responsibility to choose the furniture in your office with immense care. Far too many employers just buy the cheapest chairs that they can find and assume that they will suffice for their staff. This poor-quality furniture won’t do the job. You need to invest in your office furniture to create a healthy workplace for your staff.

Make Sure Laptops Aren’t Ruining Your People’s Posture

Far too often, staff squint over laptops, arching their backs and unknowingly damaging their health in the process. Unfortunately, this also means that their employers have breached health and safety regulations. Laptops should be used in the same way as desktop computers. When they use laptops in your office, you should ensure that your employees place them on risers, so that they are able to work on these computers while maintaining excellent posture. Wherever possible, you should also attach a separate mouse and keyboard to your laptop, so that you can operate it in the same way that you would use a desktop computer.

Do You Need A Risk Assessment

Arrelle’s expert risk assessors are more than happy to provide you with all of the guidance you need to ensure that you’re protected from any DSE risks your business may be facing. Far too many business put off their risk assessments, leaving themselves exposed to huge liabilities, health and safety regulatory penalties and legal disputes later down the line. Our risk assessors use their expertise to examine every swivel of your chairs and the exact height of your monitors to identify risks that other risk assessors may not be able to. The result is that our assessors’ advice has saved businesses across the UK huge amounts of money.

If you need our expert advice to meet health and safety at work and DSE regulations so that an increasingly digital working environment doesn’t leave your people facing long-term health issues, please get in touch with one of our health and safety risk assessors today.

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