Companies facing travel chaos next summer due to the Olympics are choosing homeworking for their staff as one way to deal with the disruption. But experts are warning that an employer’s responsibility extends to the home in such instances and that adequate health and safety provision must be made.

Companies facing travel chaos next summer due to the Olympics are choosing homeworking for their staff as one way to deal with the disruption. But experts are warning that an employer’s responsibility extends to the home in such instances and that adequate health and safety provision must be made.

Staff working from home should be subject to a risk assessment to ensure that they will not be exposed to unnecessary health and safety problems. Employees using computers and display screen equipment need to be particularly careful.

Jon Abbott, managing director – ergonomics and safety at Cardinus Risk Management, said, “We’re starting to hear from a number of companies who are planning to introduce flexible working next summer and some will encourage working from home during the Games. Many companies that already have staff working from home understand the health and safety implications and have risk assessment and training provision in place. Our worry is that companies trying homeworking for the first time might not be aware of their legal responsibilities. Any employee carrying out company work from home must be able to do it in a safe, healthy environment.”

Cardinus has put together a detailed free fact sheet that gives companies guidance on temporary homeworking support. There is a valuable homeworkers’ risk assessment form for employers available, also free of charge.

Cardinus produces an e-learning training and assessment course called Safety for Homeworkers. The e-learning software covers safety law relating to homeworking, display screen equipment (DSE) regulations, fire, electrical safety, manual handling, slips, trips and falls, workstation ergonomics and sitting comfortably and many other subjects. It provides online employee training and risk assessment in one easy to use package.

Cardinus can also offer telephone access to a consultant to discuss specific needs. If you would like a copy of the fact sheet and checklist, please contact Cardinus Risk Management. To speak to someone about your organisation’s homeworking policy or to find out more about Safety for Homeworkers, driving for work or homeworking audits and assessments, call 020 7469 0200 now or email info@cardinus.com.

Visit the website at www.cardinus.com.

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