Homeworking tips for employers

With increasing numbers of employers providing flexibility to their staff to work from home, homeworking as a method of working is relevant to many jobs. Homeworkers are covered by health and safety law in the same way as any other employed worker.

Below is some guidance for employers:

  • Any organisation that wishes to implement a working from home arrangement should develop an appropriate policy.
  • A job carried out effectively away from the main workplace can bring benefits both to the employee in terms of flexibility and to the employer in terms of reduced overhead costs.
  • Employers are required to assess all significant risks and to make adequate arrangements for managing the risks to homeworkers.
  • People working from home must be provided with adequate support to enable them to do their jobs efficiently.
  • If display screen equipment (DSE) is to be used, employers must ensure that a DSE assessment is carried out with the homeworker and that health and safety requirements are met, including eye tests and the provision of appropriate equipment.
  • Employers must ensure that any substances are assessed and suitably controlled and should provide appropriate personal protective equipment.
  • Homeworkers should be trained in the use of any equipment provided, which should be suitable for the job, regularly maintained and appropriately guarded.

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