Drive health and safety best practice outside of the office using TAAP

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A strong safety culture boosts productivity, employee morale and employee retention. A strong ergonomics integration prevents injuries and also increases productivity. Together, they make working from home safer.
Good practice is to ensure you are self-aware of your ergonomics.
Bad practice is to ignore working from home safely.

Display Screens Setup

Workers who use display screens as a significant part of their role may experience problems, such as eye strain and visual fatigue, upper limb disorders (sometimes known as repetitive strain injury (RSI)) and mental stress.

Good practice is to ensure equipment setup prevents injury.
Bad practice, exacerbated by the overuse of display screens or by sitting with an inappropriate posture at poorly designed workstations, will lead to injury.

Fire and Electrical Safety

Every year, over half of accidental domestic fires in the UK are caused by electricity. Most of these are caused by electrical products, either through misuse or faults. Ensure there are no combustible materials near your area of work and ensure smoke alarms are tested at least monthly.
Good practice is to ensure your smoke alarms are working and electrical equipment and cabling are checked regularly and unplugged when not in use.
Bad practice is to ignore fire risks.

Health and Welfare

With many employers advising staff to work from home during the coronavirus outbreak, a period of self-isolation or prolonged time working from home can affect health and wellbeing.

Good practice by taking regular breaks, exercise and to stay hydrated improves your health and welfare whilst lone working.
Bad practice is to ignore taking breaks which could lead to physical and mental health issues.

Manual Handling

Consider four main areas: a) the nature of the Task, b) the capabilities of the Individual performing it, c) the characteristics of the Load and d) the layout of the Environment. These can be easily remembered by using the acronym TILE.
Good practice using the TILE approach will reduce risk of injury when lifting and manoeuvring items, small or bulky.
Bad practice is to ignore the TILE approach.

Slips, Trips and Falls

Loose rugs and mats can be a trip hazard and should be avoided, if possible. Secure rugs with double-sided tape or a non-slip backing so that rugs won’t slip. Have a clear pathway so you do not have to walk around furniture. Keep floors clear of shoes, books, blankets and other objects.

Good practice is to organise your working environment so that wires and trailing cables are next to the wall and all flooring secured.
Bad practice is to ignore hazards and obstructions.

Lone Working – Safety and Security

Start with cybersecurity basics; ensure your passwords are strong, at least 12 characters and mix of numbers, symbols and upper/lower case letter, for all company owned devices. Ensure you are connected to your home router and not a rogue wireless access point. Do not leave your PC unattended for long periods.
Good practice is to securely store sensitive files and keep business equipment and paperwork under lock and key. Dispose of data securely. Make use of your IT Support department should you have any questions.
Bad practice is to be ignorant to safety and security.

Champion health and safety best practice in the home using TAAP

Easy to Use Software

We offer dynamic, simple Employee Risk Assessment software, which can help drive safety, security and wellbeing best practice throughout your department and wider organisation.

Deep Insight Reporting

Our intuitive reporting tool, provided as standard, will make meaningful use of the complex data captured by your workforce.

Embraces Best Practice

Save time and money, and proactively uncover information that will make a powerful contribution to your employee’s wellbeing and business bottom line.

Reduces H&S Admin

Streamline everything from risk awareness by facts, risk classification and risk mitigation action plans leaving you with more time to concentrate on the strategic elements of your role.

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