In response to the Covid/Work from Home situation, I have created this very basic introduction to creating a work from home space for yourself. Suggestions do not necessarily represent optimal circumstances but rather making do in a temporary situation.
A reminder that if employed, your employer is responsible to ensure your safety at work, so you are encouraged to discuss your circumstances with them, to best keep you safe.
I am also offering online consults where I can discuss your specific circumstances and help brainstorm solutions.
Increasingly, we are recognizing the importance of psychological wellness in the workplace. And that importance is broad.
Workplace stressors that affect mental and emotional wellness can impact;
13 Psychosocial Factors
13 Factors which can impact psychological wellness in the workplace have been identified; (see https://www.guardingmindsatwork.ca/)
13. Protection of Physical Safety
Why is Protection of Physical Safety important?
"Employees who perceive the workplace as protective of physical safety will feel more secure and engaged at work. Research has shown that when employees have higher levels of confidence in safety protection at work, they experience lower rates of psychological distress and mental health problems. The sense of physical safety protection is enhanced by: adequate training with regard to physical safety, trust that the employer minimizes physical hazards, confidence that the employer responds quickly and effectively to safety incidents, and the opportunity to have meaningful input into workplace policies and practices. The protection of physical safety is also an important bridge between traditional Occupational Health and Safety (OH&S) and the new area of Psychological Health and Safety."
What happens when employees' physical safety is not protected?
"Workplaces that fail to protect physical safety are likely to be more dangerous. Also, workers who do not see the workplace as protecting physical safety will feel less secure and less engaged, and this will increase their vulnerability to psychological distress and potential mental health problems.Occupational Health and Safety has implications beyond the prevention of physical injury. The feeling of safety enhances the potential for psychological wellness. A physical injury can heal but the ramifications of feeling unsafe in the workplace may have lasting consequences." (From Guarding Minds, "About PF 13; Protection of Physical Safety.
Highlights of CSA Standard Z412-17;‘Office Ergonomics – An application standard for Workplace Ergonomics’
Section 1 - Scope
Section 4 – Ergonomic Process
Section 5 – Application of Process
Section 6 – Ergonomic Requirements
Annex A – Detailed Requirements