Working from home safely

Working from Home Safely

Neil Munro Health & Safety

Sounds stupid right?  You just grab your laptop, bugger off home set up on your kitchen table or your sofa…or stay in bed and you’re good to go right?  Well because you or your staff are still at work there are still requirements that should be followed to ensure their safe and remain well.

In short you should have a working from home policy along with a display screen assessment which can be self-assessed by users.

These do two things:

  1. Sets the parameters around what working from home actually means so that you and they understand what’s expected
  2. Ensures that people can work safely and avoids injuries such as backache because they set up in their bed

The policy should cover:

  • Work from Home Policy Guidelines
  • Can employees work from home?
  • Working from home policies
  • Who gets to work from home?
  • Facilities
  • Procedure
  • Compensation and benefits

The Display screen equipment (DSE) workstation checklist should cover:

  • Keyboards
  • Mouse, trackball etc
  • Display screens
  • Software
  • Furniture
  • Environment

To be helpful in times of crisis such as these we’ve put together an outlined policy that you can edit and make yours. 

We’ve also provided the HSE’s DSE assessment so you don’t have to go looking for one.  Both documents are easy to use and to understand and will hopefully help to keep you and your staff safe and healthy whilst home working.

If you need help putting together these assessments or any health and safety assessment, contact us today to speak to one of our expert health and safety consultants..