The employer's health and safety obligations (and the duties of employees) extend to those who work from home. If working at home is to be both regular and frequent then it may be advisable to make arrangements to risk-assess the workstation and follow the University Occupational Health Service’s guidelines. Employees who work from home should understand that they might need to give access to their home so that compliance with health and safety obligations can be ensured.
The incorrect use of computers can cause associated health problems such as musculoskeletal disorders, eye effects and fatigue or stress. The University has produced a web-based training programme to further explain these risks and asks that you complete this training, before conducting an assessment of your specific computer or display screen equipment.
For further information please go to the Safety Office website.
If home working is either occasional (for example a week to cover a dependent's recovery from illness) or regular but not frequent (say up to one day per week to alleviate travel difficulties) then this should not be necessary, although the employee should take breaks away from the workstation and be aware of any symptoms that might be caused by an inadequate workstation.
Specific care may have to be taken in relation to the health and safety of family members, neighbours and visitors to the employee’s home.
Employees who work from home are required to report to the employer all equipment faults which may be a health hazard. Further advice is available from the Safety Office policy UPS S8/09.
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