Health & Safety while working from home

Working from home

While working at home, it is as important to make sure your working area is suitable as when you are in the office. The self-assessment checklist will help identify any improvements that could be made to your working area. If you have any questions regarding equipment, please discuss these with your line manager in the first instance.

The working from home policy has recently been refreshed and can be accessed here.

Accessing IT Equipment from Campus

ITMS have been working hard to ensure that university operations can continue during the campus closure while following advice from the Government and the university's emergency management team.

ITMS have introduced a new temporary process for standard IT equipment requests during the campus closure, due to restricted access to both equipment and the campus.

For each faculty and directorate, a key central representative has been allocated to receive standard IT equipment requests.

Please send all standard IT equipment requests to your Line Manager in the first instance, for the request to be prioritised and added to an ITMS maintained list. Priority will be given to existing and new staff who are unable to work remotely because they do not have access to an appropriate device. The process covers new hardware, replacement of existing DMU hardware and new starters.

Please note ITMS services are limited both through access to the campus and constraints affecting our suppliers. ITMS are working with suppliers to acquire more equipment and when these are supplied they will release it to staff as appropriate.

Ergonomics – desk-based exercises to do at home

Even while at your workstation, there is plenty you can do to keep your muscles active or maybe even just get your mind off work for a few minutes.

For more information on Health & Safety, please contact the Health & Safety team at healthandsafety@dmu.ac.uk

Health & Safety at home

Medical help

If you need medical help for any reason, do not go your GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital.

If you have symptoms of coronavirus (a high temperature or a new, continuous cough), use the 111 coronavirus service.

If you need help or advice not related to coronavirus:

  • for health information and advice, use the NHS website or your GP surgery website
  • for urgent medical help, use the NHS 111 online service – only call 111 if you're unable to get help online
  • for life-threatening emergencies, call 999 for an ambulance

Read more advice about getting medical help at home.

Pregnancy advice

If you're pregnant and worried about coronavirus, you can get advice about coronavirus and pregnancy from the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists.

Domestic abuse 

For anyone who feels they are at risk of abuse, it is important to remember that there is help and support available to you, including police response, online support, helplines and other services. You are not alone.

The gov.uk website provides a range of guidance and resources, including a section on where to get help.  

The National Domestic Abuse Helpline is free and confidential and is available 24-hours a day: 0808 2000 247.

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