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Support for companies to assist home workers reiterated by HSE

19 February 2021

With lockdown conditions continuing around many areas of the UK, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has reminded companies of their responsibilities and how these can be fulfilled.

Its latest advice centres on employees working from home and the HSE states that their employers have the same health and safety responsibilities as for any other worker.

It lists the main areas that should be considered for any person working from home, either temporarily or permanently.

These include means of communication, which work activity will be completed and how long this is likely to take.

Questions should then be asked over how safely any tasks can be completed and whether control measures are required for protection.

The HSE reminds employers that those working alone with no direct supervision will always be at greater risk, as they will have no assistance readily available.

Regular means of contact should be established to ensure that individuals remain healthy and safe, it states.

With the majority of home workers using computers, workstation assessments should be completed unless the home working is on a temporary basis.

Employers are required, however, to advise their employees how to complete basic assessments.

Advice on simple steps to reduce risks from using display screen equipment (DSE) is also provided by the HSE, including taking regular breaks or changing activities.

Avoiding awkward, static postures can be assisted by regular changing position or completing stretching exercises.

Eye strain can also be avoided by changing focus on a regular basis or simply blinking, says the HSE.

Those wishing to obtain more advice for ensuring that home working is completed safely can do so here.

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