Homeworkers need the same protection as office workers
Cardinus report helps companies manage staff working at home
Expert gives advice on all aspects of homeworkers’ welfare
EMPLOYEES who work from home fall under the same health and safety regulations as those who work in the office, according to a recent white paper published by Cardinus Risk Management.
The number of people working from home increased from 921,000 in 1997 to 2.4 million in 2005 and employers have a duty of care towards those members of staff. Companies must ensure that facilities and equipment used by homeworkers comply with the Health and Safety at Work Act and other regulations relating to the workplace.
The white paper, The issues facing homeworkers and how to ensure their health, safety and welfare has been written by Barry Holt, head of health and safety consulting at Cardinus Risk Management. Mr Holt said, “The employer is responsible for ensuring the safety of the area of the home in which the employee is carrying out their company work, during the time they spend working there. We have also looked at other welfare issues like stress and loneliness.”
Jon Abbott, managing director of Cardinus Risk Management, said, “Working from home can have tremendous benefits. Unfortunately, a homeworking culture increases the risk faced by an organisation. The latest Cardinus white paper has been written to help employers identify the risks homeworkers often face and discusses strategies to effectively manage those risks.”
Copies of the white paper The issues facing homeworkers and how to ensure their health, safety and welfare can be obtained from the website: www.cardinushealthandsafety.co.uk or by calling 020 7469 0200.
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