Advice for employers and employees on home working and how to combat home working risks
Home working is the ability to carry out work tasks from home and can take many forms. This could include
Sometimes the tasks are carried out
Many tasks are largely desk based but there are jobs performed by home workers that involve the use of equipment, machinery, or substances that may be harmful to their health or other people present in the home. This work could include light assembly work, or finishing off clothing on behalf of a larger organisation.
Actual hazards presented by home working will to some extent depend on the nature of the work being carried out. Some common home working hazards include
If electrical equipment is provided by the employer for use in the home, the employer has responsibility for its maintenance and examination. Parts of the home worker's domestic electrical system, including electrical sockets and the system itself are the home owner's own responsibility.
Because homes are not designed to be workplaces, working from home may require a specific assessment and assurances for the employer that work can be carried out safely. A decision about whether the work and the worker are suitable for home working will have to be made.
A risk assessment of the work activities and appropriate measures to reduce risks may include a need to visit the employee's home. This would be done with the cooperation of the home worker.
As an employer you should consider the following issues.
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