Working from Home
More and more Australians are working from or at home. But health and safety duties still apply, and hazards still exist. Businesses often find managing the work/home interface as complex. There is a difference between 'working from home' and 'working at home'. The former indicates the worker is their under the instruction or authority of their employer. The latter has a broader meaning, which includes those that work for themselves.
Preparing for this changing aspect of work is simple for those that tackle the issue up front. Simple steps include:
- consider the practice and its associated risks in organisation and safety strategic planning
- think about those working from home when planning for emergencies
- provide workers with targeted training to identify and manage their home-based hazards
- including working from home in business management systems, such as policies, procedures and hazard inspection/checklists
Heinrichs Safety can assist you with each of these measures. Together we can prepare your business to deal with the changing practices of Australian workers. Sensible planning allows you to reap the rewards without being exposed to additional risk.