Homeworker Risk Assessment
This Homeworker Risk Assessment Form is to be used when an employee starts a period of working from home. The Employer owes the same Duty of Care to the employee as if he were in an office, so a risk assessment is required in order to identify any potential hazards at the premises.
Because homes are not designed 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
• the carrying out of a Fire Risk Assessment – and provision of extinguishers
• Storage of tools or materials
• The suitability of the home to act as a meeting place for work visitors
Small businesses can probably conduct the risk assessment themselves, however, larger businesses may want to seek the advice of a health and safety expert.