Council supports safe working for home workers

Since March 2020 the Covid pandemic has asked for a lot from employers and their employees. One of the many adaptations for some has been the introduction of home or hybrid working. This sudden change to how we work has given businesses new challenges in the health, safety, and wellbeing of their staff.

Horsham District Council’s Environmental Health team is keen to help businesses support their home and hybrid workers to keep them safe and healthy and is available for advice and support.

Employers wanting advice or wishing to receive a free homeworking staff questionnaire or a sample risk assessment template, can contact michael.mcgale@horsham.gov.uk .

Horsham District Council Cabinet Member for Housing and Public Protection Cllr Tricia Youtan commented:

As a council we are committed to working alongside employers to ensure their employees are safe and well, both in the workplace and if they are working from home which has been the norm for many in recent times.

Employer responsibilities for people working at home are essentially the same as for any other member of staff. They may however need to review some of the things they do and add to the scope of their risk, but essentially nothing should be new.

It’s important to treat everyone individually as their suitability, environment and level of risk will be different.

Cllr Tricia Youtan, Cabinet Member for Housing and Public Protection

The following are areas which may need to be considered and are important aspects of employer health and safety management. The main requirement of homeworking is the assessment of the risk and the measures you may need to put in place.

  • Risk assessment (assess electrical hazards, trips, lighting, manual handling, insurance and lone working etc)
  • Stress and mental health (understand work related stress, talk to staff openly, look for negative patterns, provide stress management training and create a positive culture)
  • Working environment, accidents and illness (It’s important you know about the environment your staff work in, ask them via a questionnaire. Make sure absence is still recorded so you can identify welfare issues.

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