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Bite-Size H&S - Safety for Hybrid Workers

Published: December 7, 2023

Employsure Associate Director of Health & Safety, Jude Taylor, walks us through risk management for hybrid workers.

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Hi, I'm Jude,

the Associate Director of Health and Safety

here at Employsure.

Working from home

has become increasingly common

thanks to the pandemic

and emerging technologies.

More and more businesses

are adapting to hybrid working

as a popular arrangement

for their employees.

Did you know that as an employer,

you have a legal responsibility

to protect the health, safety

and welfare of your employees and others

when they work from home?

While hybrid work creates

more opportunities

for employees, it also presents

new challenges for employers.

So what are the things you need to do

before an employee can work from home?

Carry out a risk

assessment of their home office

to see if there are any potential hazards

or safety risks,

such as trailing power cords,

or computer cables.

Use an ergonomic checklist

to see whether their workstation

is ergonomically sound

or set up appropriately.

This includes

assessing the Homeworker’s chair,

desk and keyboard

as well as the office space.

Assess your employees mental

well-being and set up strategies

to protect the boundaries

of home/work life

It is important for you as a

business to remember that health

and safety of a modern hybrid workplace

relies on comprehensive

risk management policies and systems.

The policy should list

all requirements

and steps to follow for employees

and employers.

Speak to our Health and Safety team

on 1300 651 415

and see how we can help your business

to meet your health and safety requirements

for a hybrid

or working-from-home workforce.

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