Are you or your employees currently working from home due to the Covid-19 pandemic?
With the Covid-19 pandemic looming over us for the foreseeable future, working from home has evolved from being temporary to a more permanent arrangement. Despite being initiated by the pandemic, our new work culture is being embraced by many. A recent survey from NUI Galway showed that 83% of 7,241 participants from different industries and sectors across Ireland expect to remain working from home even after the pandemic has passed.
With this in mind, what does the future of work mean for employers when it comes to the Health & Safety of their employees?
Employers are responsible for the Health & Safety of Home Workers
Employers have the same legal duty of care for their homeworkers as they do for those working in an office. The Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Act 2005 still applies, therefore every effort should be made by employers to ensure that home work places are compliant.
Are there new risks attached to working from home?
Yes. Working from home has the potential of creating new physical and mental health risks that can result from a poor working environment in a home. Employers should assess the common risks associated with working from home such as their employees’ work space, heat, ventilation, lighting, fire safety, and first aid.
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