As an employer, you have the same health and safety responsibilities for home workers as for any other workers. Even though they are working temporarily at home it is your duty of care to ensure their temporary workstations are fit for work.
When someone is working from home, permanently or temporarily, as an employer you should consider:
- How will you keep in touch with them?
- What work activity will they be doing (and for how long)?
- Can it be done safely?
- Do you need to put control measures in place to protect them?
Lone Workers are those who work by themselves without close or direct supervision. It is vital you keep in touch with those working from home, and ensure regular contact in order to make sure they are healthy and safe. If contact is poor, workers may feel disconnected, isolated or abandoned. This can affect their wellbeing.
Employers should provide workers with advice on completing their own basic assessment at home. HSE has a Dispay Screen Equipment Workstation (DSE) Checklist that can provide a visual guide to your employees.
For more information visit HSE website: https://www.hse.gov.uk/toolbox/workers/home
HSE explanatory video on a temporary workstation set up: