25 Workplace Protections to Adopt When Working from Home

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25 Workplace Protections to Adopt When Working from Home

Working from home can be an exceptional option and many Oklahoma workers are learning to enjoy it. As a remote worker, some things you automatically left up to your employer are now your responsibility. Creating and maintaining a safe work environment and healthy practices are totally up to you.

The Oklahoma Supreme Court ruled in 2017 that those working from home can receive Workers’ Compensation benefits if they become injured while working at home. The catch is, the burden of proof for how the injury occurred is on you. Therefore, it is wise to ensure your home workspace is as safe and comfortable as possible.

Protecting Yourself While Working from Home

Here are the top recommendations for staying safe and healthy while working from home.

  1. Use a rolling chair that has ergonomic support and sufficient padding
  2. Be sure lighting is sufficient for your tasks
  3. Position your laptop or monitors so your eyes are level with the top third and screens are at least two feet away from your face
  4. Maintain proper posture with a straight back and relaxed shoulders while seated
  5. Use a stand-up desk when possible
  6. Try to get up and move about every hour
  7. Focus your eyes away from your computer screen for five minutes each half hour
  8. Secure all cords and cables away from walkways and heat sources
  9. Be sure you have sufficient electrical outlets for all your equipment
  10. Ensure your electrical equipment is plugged into a surge protector
  11. Be careful with food and drink around your equipment
  12. Do not use extension cords permanently
  13. Turn off equipment when not in use
  14. Keep an inventory list of all your equipment in case of loss
  15. Keep all software and anti-viral tools up-to-date
  16. Make sure floors are free from hazards and clutter
  17. Make sure any stairs are equipped with secure handrails and have adequate lighting
  18. Maintain working smoke and CO2 detectors in or near your workspace and test them regularly
  19. Keep a home-use fire extinguisher readily available
  20. Keep walkways, doorways and aisles unobstructed
  21. Keep portable heaters away from flammable items
  22. Have an evacuation plan in case of emergency
  23. Keep emergency numbers handy
  24. Keep doors securely locked while working
  25. Keep children or others away from your workspace

Learn More from an Oklahoma Workers’ Compensation Attorney

Staying safe and healthy while working from home is your responsibility, but things can still go wrong. Back and neck strain and slip-and-fall injuries are among the most common reported from remote workers. If you become injured while working at home, you need a seasoned Oklahoma Workers’ Compensation Attorney to help you navigate the difficult claims process. Contact us today for a free consultation to learn more and get the help you need.


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