Working from home
Millions of working people will now be getting used to their new “office” environments in their own homes. The UK has an unrivalled workplace health and safety record, but an employer’s responsibilities also extend to everyone working from home.
As an employee setting up at home for the first time, you need to make sure you have performed a DSE assessment on your workspace, to avoid long-latency issues such as musculoskeletal disorders (like a bad back) and eyesight damage, and you need to check for trip hazards, such as trailing cables.
As an employer, you need to understand your responsibilities to your employees who are now working remotely. Also mention mental health and feelings of isolation, and the need for employers to facilitate keeping in touch.
RoSPA members can access policies and practical resources to manage homeworkers, by using the Health and Safety Knowledge Centre.
If you’re not a member, we urge you to join today to benefit from our support to meet the challenges ahead.
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If you're new to working from home, download this checklist from the HSE