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Safe Workstation Resources

It is important that employees that work with computers (or other devices that have a screen, keyboard and mouse or other input device) are given guidance on a safe working setup.

Employers should:

  • analyze workstations to assess and reduce risks
  • ensure that workstations meet specified minimum requirements
  • plan work activities so that they include breaks or changes of activity
  • provide information and training

Some common health problems associated with working at a desk or other workstation are:

  • upper limb disorders (including pains in the neck, arms, elbows, wrists, hands and fingers) and Often known as repetitive strain/stress injury or ‘RSI’
  • Back ache
  • fatigue and stress
  • temporary eye strain (but not eye damage) and headaches

The Singapore Employment Act does not make it mandatory for employers to provide optical benefits such as free eye tests or spectacles for screen work – although it is a common practice for many companies to provide medical health insurance that may provide such benefits and you should check if these are available in your workplace.

Top tips on working from home

Many employees now work from home either full or part time. It is just as important that there home working setup is safe. We have an excellent guide to working from home.

Here are a list of frequently asked questions about Safe Management Measures in the workplace on the Ministry of Manpower website, and the Code of Practice on Safe Lifting Operations in the Workplace from The Workplace Safety and Health (WSH) Council.

When fully implemented, ClearTalents provides the necessary guidance and tools for every employee to critically evaluate and optimise their workstation – whether in the office or at home. The system will also escalate any outstanding issues to line managers or Occupational Health.

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