Home Working Health and Safety Policy
This Home Working Health and Safety Policy has been written for a business whose staff work from home. The requirement to safeguard their employees' health, safety and welfare is the same as if they were in the office. There will be obvious differences between the two workplaces, and while the employer cannot control what goes on in their employee’s home, they are still required to make sure that certain aspects of the working environment have been considered.
During the Covid-19 emergency many more employees are working from home for the first time and it may not be possible for the employer to complete all of the normal risk assessment tasks to set up a suitable home working environment for their employees. Therefore, pared down versions of these documents are available for use during the period of Government required constraints during the Covid-19 pandemic; Working From Home Covid-19 H&S Policy and Working From Home Covid-19 Risk Assessment Form. Once the necessary Covid-19 restrictions have been removed, if it is subsequently decided that an employee will continue to work from home, then a full Working from Home Risk Assessment should be carried out in the normal way and the full policy document should also be used.
It is the employer’s responsibility to carry out a risk assessment to check whether the proposed home workplace’s ventilation, lighting, working space, and the chair and desk (or any other kind of work station) and possibly even the computer are suitable for the tasks the home-worker will be asked to do.
The employer is responsible for the equipment it supplies, but it is the responsibility of the employee to rectify any flaws in the home highlighted by the assessment. It is advisable that the employer should not allow home-working until any problem has been resolved.
Once the home workplace is passed as safe, it is the responsibility of the home-worker to keep it that way and take reasonable care of their health and safety. However, they should tell the employer if any precautions turn out to be inadequate.
This policy has been written to comply with the requirements of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 which sets out employers’ health and safety duties.
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