Health and Safety: Best practices when working remotely
Best Practices for Staying Safe and Healthy
Captain Martin Lloyd Sanders is focused on the health and safety of people on the occupational and public levels. Over the past few years, he’s shared valuable insight on these subjects through various platforms. This article discusses some of the best practices for staying safe and healthy while working, particularly for those who have adopted a remote work setup.
Maintaining general health
To maintain a healthy lifestyle while working from your home office, make sure you get enough exercise during the day. Working in a sedentary position for many hours a day can create or exacerbate health issues and can lead to poor habits such as slouching and bad posture. Make sure you often stretch to avoid muscle cramps and be sure to get up and walk around every 30-90 minutes to keep your blood flowing.
Take frequent breaks
If you work in front of a computer all day, make sure you take frequent breaks. It’s recommended you take a five-minute break every 30 minutes to do some light stretches, exercise your fingers, and look away from the monitor for a moment. This is especially important when using digital devices with screens under intense pressure or are less responsive to touch, such as tablets or older smartphones.
If you feel any eye strain while using digital devices for extended periods, consider using glasses with polarized lenses that reduce glare. Go for glasses that are fitted with an internal application that administers the proper dosage of medication to help keep your eyes feeling fresh all day.
Staying safe from COVID-19
While working from home can reduce the risk of exposure to COVID-19, remember that most COVID-19 cases are caused by household exposures. Vaccination and testing of close household contacts, combined with common sense masking and social distancing outside the home will reduce the risk of exposure.
Disclaimer: This site was prepared by Martin Lloyd Sanders in his capacity. The opinions expressed are the author’s own and do not reflect the views of the USPHS, the Department of Health and Human Services, or the United States government.