Working From Home – What you need to know and the associated Policies and Checklist
When you have employees working from home you are still under an obligation as an employer to ensure that the Health and Safety is being looked after. Any injury suffered in the course of employment, including while working from home, is likely to result in a potential exposure to a workers’ compensation claim.
Many businesses that already have working-from-home arrangements in place may not find this a challenging issue. However, for some companies, it may be necessary to take additional steps to determine whether their staff are exposed to risks and, if so, how they will be controlled.
First and foremost – You should not assume that all workers have a separate area in the house where they can set up a work station and safely work without exposing themselves to risks to their health and safety.
BUT How do you assess the risk?
Ensure that you have a working from home policy and Procedures. If you do not have one you can download and adapt the one we have attached HERE – the ergonomics policy that is associated with the working from home policy and procedure can be found HERE
You will also need to ensure that you have taken the appropriate steps to ensure that the employee has a safe working environment – you can use this checklist HERE
What is important right now is that you provide sufficient information and instruction to all your team members that are going to be working from home how they should work safely while at home. In the current circumstances with the Coronavirus (COVID-19), this instruction should take into account the impact on some team members having to look after their children, who are at home due to daycare and school closures as they may happen.
You can convey these instructions in group emails or more detailed one-on-one instruction via virtual meet-ups. Ensure that you check in with your teams regularly as psychological wellbeing will be vital in times of isolation.
To say business owners are in for the challenge of a lifetime is an understatement. Each day what we need to know changes almost by the hour. With so many questions that are yet to be answered, we all need support and guidance as well as that caring and supportive person to listen to us.
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