Find out the steps involved in creating a Health and Safety Risk Assessment to ensure that your employees can work from home safely and responsibly.
Some of your staff may have partners who are also working from home, whereas others could be working solitarily.
For those who live alone, you must ensure that they can contact a supervisor easily in the event of a situation or emergency.
It’s also the responsibility of a line manager or business owner to keep in regular contact with lone workers, whether it’s through instant message, email, phone call or another method, with the best arrangement being regular video calls.
This prevents the lone worker from feeling isolated and abandoned, plus this regular contact should include confirmation that they feel healthy and safe in their home working environment.
Due to meetings being hosted virtually, home workers need to use screens even more than when they’re in the office.
This can lead to multiple problems, ranging from aches and pains to eye strain, headaches, dizziness, nausea and other symptoms.
One of the most effective ways to prevent tired eyes and headaches is to follow the 20-20-20 rule.
This involves taking a break of at least 20 seconds every 20 minutes and looking at something at least 20 feet away.
If your home office isn’t big enough, look out of a window instead.
By giving your eyes a rest and also shifting their focus from the screen to a faraway object, you allow them to stay strong and healthy.
Incorporating ergonomic design into a home working arrangement can actually be very simple.
Make sure to send all of your staff the guidelines below and you’ll find that they remain comfortable whilst carrying out their daily tasks.
We’ve come across a few companies that have gone above and beyond by sending health, safety and wellbeing packages to their home workers.
These contain useful items such as a first aid kid, vitamin tablets, hand sanitiser and even fire safety equipment.
What you include in the package is entirely up to you, as you could just send employees the basics or go to the next level and include a fire blanket and fire extinguisher.
Items like these are the type that you never want to have to use, yet you’re very glad you own if the need arises.
If your budget can stretch to this kind of health, safety and wellbeing package, we guarantee your staff will greatly appreciate it.
If not, a branded water bottle and some cooling eye gel will show that you care about their wellbeing.
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