Working at home is becoming common, thanks to NBN and faster mobile technology.

Together with the current world crisis of COVID19, employers are now more open and accommodating in allowing their workforce to work from home.

It cuts down on costs for the employer and offers more flexibility to employees who need it, such as working parents or people who need to self-isolate.
However, despite trying times in our economy including potential massive job losses, as an employer, you have a legal responsibility to protect the health, safety and welfare of your employees, even when they work at home. The same health and safety rules apply, not only to your employee but to others affected by their working at home.

If an employee works at home, you must carefully consider their personal circumstances, whether they can carry out their role at home and health and safety matters.

Before they start work at home, carry out a risk assessment of their home office to see if there are any potential hazards or safety risks. Once it meets legal standards, you can allow home working. Arrange a discussion with us to ascertain any specific needs you require or use our own “home office safety checklist”.
We will visit your home workers house, assess the worker’s chair, desk and keyboard as well as space and surrounds. Our assessor will check your worker’s workstation is ergonomically sound, we also check for hazards, such as trailing power and computer cords.

We can also periodically review their home working environment as per your requirements, whether it’s weekly, fortnightly or monthly. We guarantee all assessors will be compliant with all COVID 19 safety protocols. Masks, gloves, the sanitised and 2-metre rule applies at all times with all inspections.

Remember, work health and safety law applies at home too.