The longer you work at a screen, the more important it is to do so in a healthy way. If you are aware of your own working methods and make healthy choices in your work style, you can continue to do your computer work with the smallest possible chance of complaints of the arms, neck or shoulders. Work at (computer) screens is often done while sitting, and prolonged sitting also involves risks. Finally, working intensively with the computer can lead to eye and stress complaints, enough reason to ensure that your situation is in order!
The BAS checklist has been developed to support employers and employees in the healthy design and organization of their work at screens.
Checklist BAS is a method to assess whether and, if so, what risks are present in your work with a screen. The checklist is easy to apply and consists for the most part of yes-no questions. Intended users of the method are employees who work (on average) more than 2 hours a day at a screen.
From the results of the assessment it becomes clear whether the work entails risks of developing health problems and which personal advice and points for improvement could reduce these risks. In addition, some general advices are given that are good to think about for everyone working with screens.
The assessment is done on individual level; the input and results therefore only apply to the own situation. The method is not intended for the assessment of functions, departments or groups of employees who performs similar tasks.
The method is suitable for assessing work behind a screen, including screens of laptops, tablets and smartphones. The assessment concerns the work during the working day, regardless of whether this is done at the office or at another location (for example at home). Since computer work is mainly done while sitting, the checklist also covers the risks of prolonged sitting.
The checklist primarily assesses the work-related screen time. Sitting and the use of screens in private time are also common. Be aware that the same risks apply during private screen use. It is therefore also important to alternate after working hours, to create a good “workplace” and to be alert to signs of starting complaints.