Work from Home Health and Safety Policy



This Work from Home Health and Safety Policy describes a work health and safety policy for an organisation who has workers working from their homes. It defines the scope, responsibilities and structure of a robust and effective WHS risk management system for managing health and safety risks of workers working from home.

This Work from Home Health and Safety Policy is suitable for all organisations and complies with WHS Regulations.

Contents

  1. Purpose. 1
  2. Scope. 2
  3. Policy statement 2
  4. Duty of care. 2
  5. WHS risks. 3
  6. Work from home health and safety. 3
  7. Work from home principles. 3
  8. Work from home approval 3
  9. Organisation responsibilities. 4
  10. Document information. 5

Purpose

The purpose of this Work from Home Health and Safety Policy is to establish a system for managing risks to health and safety of workers who have received approval to work from home in accordance with the Work from Home Policy of [Organisation name].

This Work from Home Health and Safety Policy must be read in conjunction with the following:

  1. Work from Home Policy
  2. Work Health and Safety Policy
  3. Work Health and Safety Procedures

Scope

This Work from Home Health and Safety Policy applies to all directors, officers, employees and all other workers of [Organisation name]. This Work from Home Health and Safety Policy extends to all current and future activities of [Organisation name], and to any new opportunities [Organisation name] may encounter from time to time.

[Organisation name]’s workers include all of the following:

  1. Employees
  2. Contractors
  3. Sub-contractors
  4. Employees of contractors or sub-contractors
  5. Employee of labour hire company assigned to work in the person’s business or undertaking, or
  6. Outworker
  7. Apprentices and trainees
  8. Students gaining work experience
  9. Volunteers
  10. Any other individuals who carries out work in [Organisation name].

Policy statement

[Organisation name] is committed to managing all risks to the health and safety of its workers. In this respect, [Organisation name] acknowledges the benefits home-based work may provide to its workers and staff in the form of flexibility and productivity. [Organisation name] further acknowledges the need, in some cases, for home-based work by those requiring to care for family members.

From time to time, approval may therefore be granted to staff to work from home in accordance with the Work from Home Policy. In order to ensure that risks to health and safety are minimised for staff working from home, [Organisation name] is committed to developing, implementing, maintaining and improving on a WHS management system in accordance with the Australian-New Zealand Standard for Occupational Health and Safety Systems that takes into account the assessment, management and monitoring of work from home health and safety risks.

This Work from Home Health and Safety Policy is consistent with the Code of Practice on How to Manage Work Health and Safety Risks and [Organisation name]’s Code of Conduct which represents and upholds [Organisation name]’s commitment to integrity, fairness and ethical behaviour.

Duty of care

All staff of [Organisation name], including contractors, have a duty of care to manage their own workplace health and safety. This includes when they are working in the office, or on site, or within their own home.

Under the WHS Regulations (see Work Health and Safety Compliance Checklist), [Organisation name] has a duty of care to manage risks to the health and safety of staff, including those working in remote or isolated conditions, such as those working from home.

In minimising risks to the health and safety of staff working from home, [Organisation name] must provide a system of work that includes effective communication with the worker.

WHS risks

[Organisation name]’s WHS management system falls within the ambit of [Organisation name]’s risk management system as set out in the Risk Management Framework. The Framework integrates the process for managing risks into [Organisation name]’s overall governance, risk management and compliance strategy, planning, management, processes, policies, values and culture.

Work from home health and safety

Potential risks to health and safety of staff working from home include:

  1. musculoskeletal risks associated with slips, trips and falls;
  2. work station ergonomics;
  3. manual tasks;
  4. electrical safety;
  5. psychosocial risks such as personal security and isolation; and
  6. environmental hazards such as noise.

Assessment findings and the measures implemented to control risks should be documented and agreed by all parties involved in accordance with this Work from Home Health and Safety Policy.

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