working from home Assessments
RECOVERY PARTNERS: THE REHAB EXPERTS
Most of us, including Recovery Partners consultants, are working from home now. Are you working from your home office? Or maybe you are working from the dining table because someone else in your house has taken over the office.
No matter how you have had to adapt to working from home, you need to have a safe work area to avoid injury, pain or fatigue.
Recovery Partners have created this helpful interactive Working from Home Ergonomic Assessment tool so that you can take your own measurements and ensure that your desk, chair and monitor are set up to meet your individual requirements.
Download here: Working from Home Ergonomic Assessment Tool
Working from Home
When your employee works from home, their home becomes ‘a place of work’ and you must ensure their health and safety and that of others. The same risks that are present in the usual place of work, can be present in someone’s home. The obligations for safety are no less than if they were working on the company premises.
A Working from Home Risk Assessment will help you:
1. Identify risks
2. Work out a plan to eliminate of control them
3. Suggest guidelines for a successful working from home arrangement.
Physical environment risks:
- Obvious physical hazards, such as electrical hazards, and if there is there a safety switch
- How the employee’s safety can be guaranteed
- Phone reception (most people don’t have home phones so we need to make sure they can get help if they need it)
- What would happen if there was a fire or other emergency
- Ergonomics – most companies don’t want their employees working from a lounge or kitchen table
- Noise levels, eg if there construction near them if can pose a hazard and distraction
- Any other physical hazard.
Conditions that can lead to psychological risks:
- Excessive workloads
- Organisational change
- Conflicting demands
- Lack of role clarity
- Lack of involvement in making decisions
- Inadequate communication
- Any other psychological risk.
From our blog
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many employees have asked or been instructed to work from home, but did you know that employers have WHS obligations