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Employers’ obligations for ALL their staff working for at home

For all UK Companies, this is The Health & Safety Executive’s advice to Employers on their obligations to their workers working at home For them: lnkd.in/dB3cRxP
Advice for employers on protecting home workers - Advice from HSE (GB)
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COVID-19: Advice and guidance for places of work
As an employer, you have the same health and safety responsibilities for home workers as for any other workers:

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HSE (GB) Advice and Guidance:
When someone is working from home, permanently or temporarily, as an employer you should consider:

How will you keep in touch with them?
What work activity will they be doing (and for how long)?
Can it be done safely?
Do you need to put control measures in place to protect them?
Lone working without supervision
There will always be greater risks for lone workers with no direct supervision or anyone to help them if things go wrong.

Keep in touch with lone workers, including those working from home, and ensure regular contact to make sure they are healthy and safe.

If contact is poor, workers may feel disconnected, isolated or abandoned. This can affect stress levels and mental health(external link opens in a new window / tab).

Find out more on lone working(external link opens in a new window / tab)
Working with display screen equipment
For those people who are working at home on a long-term basis, the risks associated with using display screen equipment (DSE)(external link opens in a new window / tab) must be controlled. This includes doing home workstation assessments.

However, there is no increased risk from DSE work for those working at home temporarily. So in that situation employers do not need to do home workstation assessments.

Please see below for a handy HSE YouTube link which shows how employees can achieve a reasonable posture while working on computers at home:

Temporary Working at Home - Workstation Setup(external link opens in a new window / tab)

You could provide workers with advice on completing their own basic assessment at home. This practical workstation checklist (PDF)- Portable Document Format(external link opens in a new window / tab) may help them.

There are some simple steps you can take to reduce the risks from display screen work:

breaking up long spells of DSE work with rest breaks (at least 5 minutes every hour) or changes in activity
avoiding awkward, static postures by regularly changing position
getting up and moving or doing stretching exercises
avoiding eye fatigue by changing focus or blinking from time to time
Specialised DSE equipment needs
Employers should try to meet those needs where possible.

For some equipment (eg keyboards, mouse, riser) this could mean allowing workers to take this equipment home.

For other larger items (eg ergonomic chairs, height-adjustable desks) encourage workers to try other ways of creating a comfortable working environment (eg supporting cushions).

Our brief guide(external link opens in a new window / tab) has more information.

Stress and mental health
Home working can cause work-related stress and affect people’s mental health.

Being away from managers and colleagues could make it difficult to get proper support.

Keep in touch
Put procedures in place so you can keep in direct contact with home workers so you can recognise signs of stress(external link opens in a new window / tab) as early as possible.

It is also important to have an emergency point of contact and to share this so people know how to get help if they need it.

HSE (GB) Guidance
This information was provided by HSE (GB). For further information please see the original link at:

Protect home workers - Source HSE (GB)
By John Mather from EMC & Associates Ltd., 1 month ago.

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