Working from Home

Under all Australian health and safety legislation, you must take reasonably practicable steps to minimise health and safety risks to workers working from home. This means ensuring the physical layout of the home workplace is safe and without risks to health, and that these standards are maintained by the worker.

In this guide we explain:

  • Your obligations to home-based workers
  • Why a worker might work from home
  • 6 things you must do before allowing a worker to work from home
  • Determining when it is appropriate for a worker to work from home
  • Inspecting the home workplace
  • Managing health and safety risks in a home workplace
  • How to manage electrical risks in a home workplace
  • How to manage ergonomic risks in a home workplace
  • How to set up an ergonomic home workstation
  • How to manage slip and fall risks in a home workplace
  • How to manage manual handling risks in a home workplace
  • Identifying manual handling risks in the home workplace
  • How to manage stress risks to home-based workers
  • How to ensure emergency support for home-based workers
  • Setting up a suitable emergency support system
  • Training home-based workers in your policies and procedures
  • Providing and maintaining safe equipment
  • Completing 6-monthly home workplace inspections
  • Working from home agreements
  • What to include in a working from home agreement
  • Safety of workers who work in the homes of others
  • Placement of workers in the homes of others
  • Responding to changes in the home work environment

This eBook also includes the following templates:

  • Home Workplace Inspection template
  • Working From Home Agreement template

 

 


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