As I have mentioned before, I have 3 part time jobs plus my blog. I would love a home office but we don’t have the space. Instead my office is a corner of the lounge.
I have constant interruptions during the day and am usually working like this:
At night when I do my blogging, Ollie rests his head on my knee. Cute but it means I’m trapped in one position for hours…
The printer is covered in paperwork that falls down and gets muddled up. I can’t have a hot drink near the computer for fears of a child knocking the desk resulting in scalds or spillage on electronics. There are wires everywhere which is a source of stress trying to keep the kids safe. Zach runs off with the computer mouse 🙁
I also need to work in the school office to do filing, printing and other admin. Lifting and carrying heavy files is something I need to consider carefully (but actually hefting the kids around all day is doing untold damage anyway 🙁 ).
Chris works in an office everyday and I believe he goes to the toilet regularly in order to move around and get away from the computer for a few minutes. He needs to drink plenty as the air conditioning is quite dehydrating.
Perhaps the biggest hazard Chris and I both face on a daily basis is the computer. I spend hours each day staring at a screen at both home and work. Last night I spent 4 hours solidly working on my blog. As well as being sat in a chair for that long, it was straining my eyes.
The Accident Advice Helpline have devised an interactive graphic to help make office workers aware of some of the hazards they may face in their workplace environment.
I also used it with my children to try to teach them about safety at home and school. The kids had great fun trying to identify what the hazards were and it got them thinking about our own home and potential dangers.
Check out the graphic yourself and make sure you are taking steps for your own safety.
Be safe, happy and healthy at work and play!