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HSE Workers lack DSE support

More than one in three workers state they have experienced back pain since working from home according to a health insurer, BHSF. Of those, three in five say their employers failed to support them to work safely and promote healthy body posture.

07 November 2018

More than one in three workers state they have experienced back pain since working from home according to health insurer, BHSF.

Of those, three in five say their employers failed to support them to work safely and promote healthy body posture.

The survey which included 897 UK workers, employed for at least two days a week from home, showed that only one in five received a workplace assessment. BHSF have stated that whilst businesses are investing millions of pounds on office ergonomics, they are failing to extend this support to home workers, with women in particular feeling let down and workers over 50 being particularly vulnerable.

The insurer states that failure to protect employers who are benefiting from flexible working packages could increase musculoskeletal disorders in the workplace.

Older home workers were also particularly vulnerable. 26% of those aged over 50 remembered receiving support from their employer to set up workstations correctly.

A contributing factor to the back pain reported was not having a proper workstation. Of those surveyed 27% said they worked at tables rather than desks.

Stuart Nottingham, physiotherapy lead for BHSF, said: “There is a lot more that employers could be doing to help prevent back pain in their employees, from ensuring their home workstation is set up correctly to providing them with guidance on active working strategies such as getting up from sitting on a regular basis, or advice on simple exercises they can do to prevent back pain and other musculoskeletal problems.”

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