UK: HSE guidance to protect the health and wellbeing of home workers

As an employer, you have the same health and safety responsibilities for home workers as for any other workers. You must manage any health and safety risks before people can work alone. Under the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations, you must manage the risk to lone workers. Think about who will be involved and which hazards could harm those working alone. You must:

Definition

Lone workers are those who work by themselves without close or direct supervision, for example:

  • as delivery drivers, health workers or engineers
  • as security staff or cleaners
  • in warehouses or petrol stations
  • at home

Risks to consider

Risks that particularly affect lone workers include:

High-risk work

Certain high-risk work requires at least one other person. This includes work:

  • in a confined space, where a supervisor may need to be there, along with someone in a rescue role
  • near exposed live electricity conductors
  • in diving operations
  • in vehicles carrying explosives
  • with fumigation

Working from home

You have the same health and safety responsibilities for homeworkers and the same liability for accident or injury as for any other workers. This means you must provide supervision, education and training, as well as implementing enough control measures to protect the homeworker.

Find out more about homeworking.

Source:

HSE: Protect home workers

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