Have staff about to work from home? Here’s an important checklist to ensure you’re covered.
It looks highly likely we’ll be all working from home (WFH) shortly.
Employers are responsible for the health and safety of their staff regardless of where they are undertaking their work. This includes making sure an employee WFH is doing so in a safe environment.
Whilst larger companies may already have WFH policies in place, smaller employers who have never had to contemplate WFH scenarios, may not be as well prepared.
With the fast-moving nature of the COVID–19 outbreak, implementing a WFH strategy now will pave the way to limit any stress on both employers and employees, should this likely situation escalate.
Ideally, the employer would send a qualified person to the home of an employee that is WFH to check the working environment and minimise any risks present in that space.
In the event that this is not practicable or possible due to time, consider implementing a self-check system or online training process where the employer runs through health and safety considerations virtually using tools such as Zoom, Skype, Blue Jeans or Facetime. The staff can then sign off and send back to state they’ve attended such training.
The Australian Government Department of Finance has a checklist that could be particularly useful for businesses needing to quickly implement working from home provisions to ensure compliance.
Any business requiring assistance to implement WFH strategies or for any other advice around workforce planning, please email email@example.com or call 1300 898 296.
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