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Ergonomic and Safety Considerations While Working from Home

By: Laurie Devlin, Loss Control Supervisor, Illinois Brokerage & Loss Control, Inc

For many of us, working from home is always a part of what we do, but for others it is an entirely new situation. As more and more employees transition to a work from home environment, I wanted to take time to remind everyone about a few basic home office ergonomic and safety considerations.


First, let’s talk about where you’re going to work. Finding a quiet area with an appropriate work space might be challenging, so keep these things in mind when choosing yours:

  • Chair should be sturdy and provide good back support, especially lumbar support. Use a towel roll if needed to maintain good posture.
  • When sitting in front of your work surface, your elbows, knees and hips should be at approximately 90-degree angles and your shoulders should be relaxed.
  • Feet should be flat on the floor. Use a foot stool if necessary.

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Once you’ve decided on where you’ll be doing your work, here are some items to consider while at your desk:

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Additional Safety Considerations

As we continue throughout our work day, there are various other home office safety principles to remember:

Following these simple guidelines will prove beneficial as everyone navigates thru their work from home environment. Poor workstation ergonomics and home office safety awareness can lead to musculoskeletal discomfort and even possible injury. Always take time to assess your workstation and maintain a safe work environment. If you need assistance with your work from home set up, please reach out to a member of the Loss Control Team to discuss.

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