Homeworkers: Quick Facts

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Homeworkers: Quick Facts

Homeworkers are those employed to work at home or in other premises of their own choice other than the workplace of the employer. Homeworking is not a specific job in itself but a method of working which can be relevant to many job roles.

Homeworkers are covered by health and safety law in the same way as any other employed worker, but as this topic describes, there are a range of issues specific to these workers that must be considered in order to keep them safe in their homes.

Some tips

  • Employers should keep in touch with lone workers, including those working from home, and ensure regular contact to make sure they are healthy and safe. Social Isolation
  • Working from home can bring benefits both to the employee in terms of flexibility and to the employer in terms of reduced overhead costs.
  • Siting the home office is an important consideration; segregation is preferred, followed by locking equipment away when not in use. Siting a Home Office
  • Employers are required to assess all significant risks and to make adequate arrangements for managing the risks to homeworkers. Risk Assessments for Homeworking
  • 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. Display Screen Equipment
  • Employers must ensure that any substances are assessed and suitably controlled and should provide appropriate personal protective equipment. Hazardous Substances
  • 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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