Home Worker Risk Assessment


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A home worker risk assessment is required under the Health and Safety (Display Screen Equipment) Regulations 1992.  It assesses the risks associated with an employee working from home on a habitual basis.

Examples of home worker related hazards may be:

  • Poor posture, i.e. stretching / twisting
  • Repetitive movements
  • Inappropriate workstation furniture
  • Eye strain
  • Restricted space

It is a requirement that the home worker risk assessments be carried out by a competent person.  Failure to comply with this requirement may render a home worker risk assessment as non-conforming and void.

On a practical level, the main benefit of a home worker risk assessment is to reduce the likelihood of harm occurring to a home worker.

On a legal level, the main benefit of having a home worker risk assessment in place is that if a worst-case scenario does happen and a home worker is harmed, your organisation will have a legal defence.

These benefits rely on the risk assessment being kept up-to-date, and recommendations made in the risk assessment being acted on within a reasonable timeframe.

Health and Safety Risk Assessments and Training