What is DSE?
DSE are devices or equipment that have an alphanumeric or graphic display screen and includes display screens, laptops, touch screens, and other similar devices.
Thousands of people are likely to be working from home for the first time this week due to the coronavirus outbreak. For others, it’s just like any other week.
About 1.5 million people work from home, and it’s becoming more popular all the time.
It is hoped that keeping employees further apart from each other, it will reduce the chance of group spread as well as the opportunity for the virus to be caught during a commute or in communal office spaces.
Protect the health, safety, and welfare of homeworkers who are employees. If you employ homeworkers you should carry out a risk assessment of the work activities and take appropriate measures to reduce any associated risks.
A lot of work carried out at home is going to be low-risk, office-type work. Of the work equipment used at home, you are only responsible for the equipment you supply.
Making the most of Working from Home:
Distinguish between work and home mode
One of the biggest perks about working from home – slowly moving from bed to the sofa five minutes before you start – can also be your biggest challenge. Don’t forget that you are there to work – so set yourself up the right way, get dressed and brush your teeth at the start of the day rather than sitting in your pyjamas for eight hours – Switch from home to work mode.
Be realistic about what you can achieve
A wide, open day working from home can feel full of possibilities. 145 things on the to-do list? No problem! Don’t fall into the trap of being over-ambitious. Instead, be realistic and then possibly achieving more than you set out to; and feeling satisfied, rather than feeling disappointed you didn’t do everything.
Work in short bursts
In the office, your day is broken up by everything from meetings to water-cooler chats, lunch breaks and even toilet breaks, but when you are sat at home on your own with no face-to-face interaction planned it can be easy to just work for long, unbroken periods. In order to be productive, impose structure on yourself. For example, working in 45-60 minute chunks of focused work followed by a short break.
Being in an office gives us a limited number of ways to get distracted but when you start working in a new environment (especially a very familiar one) it can be easy to let yourself get distracted, proactively manage things which might interrupt your focus.
Unless you’re self-isolating, working from home shouldn’t mean that you don’t leave the house at all or don’t see anyone for two weeks – ensure you still keep up social interaction. If you’re the kind of person who’ll miss your colleagues when you work from home, build opportunities for socialising into your day, trying to call colleagues rather than always email or Slack messaging.
HSE has a new way of showing their Display screen equipment guidance online. A free copy of the guidance can be found here
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