Workplace Health & Safety Implications
Workplace Health and Safety laws apply to workers who are working from
home, either on a full-time basis or on a part-time basis.
Both the home worker and the PCBU (Person Conducting a Business or
Undertaking) have an obligation under the WHS Act to ensure workplace
health and safety no matter where the work is done.
Before entering into a work-from-home arrangement, both the PCBU and the
worker should consider a range of factors including communication, managing
work flows, use of equipment, workplace health and safety and workers'
Both parties must take reasonable steps to ensure a worker's work area at
home meets workplace health and safety requirements. An assessment of the
work area should be carried out before the worker starts regular
Factors to consider include:
Ergonomics of the work area
Risks associated with trips and falls
Electrical safety - overloading power boards with too many plugs is not
Arrangements for communication
Effects of working in isolation
The Workplace Safety Inspection Checklist in the Work Safety Interactive online
system is ideal for this assessment.
PS It's easy to see examples of how NOT to work from home.
Go to your favourite IMAGE search engine, enter Working from Home and
click Search. Click Images to see some great examples - people using
their computers whilst slouching on the sofa, lying on the
floor,balancing children on their hips, etc.
Romantic yes. Healthy, Safe and Sustainable - No.