Home Working Risk Assessment Form
This Home Working Risk Assessment Form should be used when someone uses their home as a place of work. If they are employed, their employer owes the same duty of care to the employee as if he/she were at the employers’ place of work, so a risk assessment is required in order to identify any potential hazards at the premises. If they are self employed, they still have a duty of care to anyone who comes to the house on business. Working from home may include doing remote admin or acting as a distributor for a courier firm.
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.
Because homes are generally not intended to be workplaces, working from home requires a specific assessment of such things as:
• Where will the employee set up their desk/workstation so as not to cause
excessive interference with family life. Do they have a spare bedroom/study
or will they work in the lounge or dining room.
• The carrying out of a fire risk assessment – and if needed, provision of smoke detectors.
• Suitable storage for tools or materials, or for any business stock.
• The suitability of the home environment to act as meeting place for work visitors/customers etc.
Small businesses can probably conduct the risk assessment themselves; however larger businesses may want to seek the advice of a health and safety expert.
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