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
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
constraints during the Covid-19 pandemic
Working From Home Covid-19 H&S Policy
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
• Suitable storage for tools or materials, or for any business stock.
• The suitability of the home environment to act as meeting place for work
Small businesses can probably conduct the risk assessment themselves;
however larger businesses may want to seek the advice of a health and
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