Risk Assessments for Homeworkers
Have you got staff working from Home?
Has their workstation and environment been assessed for Risk – as they would in an office?
Most of the Regulations made under the Health & Safety at Work Act apply to homeworkers as well as to employees working at an employer's workplace e.g. The Management of Health & Safety at Work Regulations 1999, The Display Screen Equipment Regulations 1992, the Manual Handling Operations Regulations 1992, the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998, the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 2002, and, of course The Electricity at Work Regulations.
As far as we know, we are the only Company in the country who will visit your home-based staff, carry out the required Risk Assessment and at the same time PAT test company-owned electrical equipment.
We produce a 19 Page report that covers all "Risk Factors" and "Action to Take" relating to:
- The Display Screen
- The Keyboard
- The Mouse, Trackball etc
- Portable Computer (i.e. Laptop)
- The Desk
- The Chair
- Filling Cabinet(s)
- Environment (including Safety & Security Risks)
- Electrical Equipment
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Content of summary Report
A summary Report is produced listing:
- The activity assessed
- The hazards identified
- The problems identified
- The current control measures in place
- The hierarchy of control measures followed
- The assessment of risk - with a risk rating
- Control measures required
- Any health surveillance required
- Suggested review date
The Report includes digital photographs of the workstation and immediate environment, cupboards, shelving and equipment. Any hazards are photographed separately if they are not already highlighted in other photographs taken.
List of environmental readings taken
In addition, a number of environmental readings are taken:
- Level of Lighting - Lux Level
- Humidity - % Level
- Temperature - %C over 10 minutes
- Noise - dB(A) level (usually when printer is printing)
- Alpha/Gamma/X-ray Radiation levels on Monitor
- Electromagnetic Radiation Level on Monitor
All in all a total of 85 direct questions are asked. The questions reflect the latest guidance contained in the Health & Safety (Display Screen Equipment) Misc Amdt Regs 2002.
The assessment takes approximately 60 - 90 minutes on site and 90 minutes off site (to produce the final report). The report is sent to you electronically in Excel format.
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Portable appliance testing on any Company-owned electrical equipment used by the home-based staff at their home is included in the price provided the testing is carried out at the same time as the risk assessment.
The schedule of visits is arranged in the most cost-effective and efficient way so that whenever possible at least 2 home workers per day will be assessed.
Because of the geographical spread of home workers it is not always possible to do that of course, but that is what we aim to achieve. To avoid fruitless visits, all appointments are pre-arranged with the individual home worker(s).