If you're working from home during the coronavirus outbreak, who's responsible for your safety?

23.03.20 08:50 AM By Jo Palmer

More and more employees in Australia and being encouraged or directed to work from home in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak.

Communications giant Telstra has told its office-based employees to work from home until at least the end of March, while other companies are busy developing contingency plans for employees to work from home.

But what if you injure yourself while working at home, or don't have the proper equipment to do your job safely?

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The fact an employee works from home does not mean the employer ceases to have responsibility for their health and welfare while they are doing their job. For this reason, it is crucial employers: establish where in the home the employee will work; and retain a checklist and photos of the employee’s workspace, including the ergonomic benefits and placement of furniture, exits and other safety requirements.

The Interactive Work Health & Safety (WHS) Audit is a must have for organisations to ensure professionals who work remotely (whether it be one day a week or all of the time) have their safety obligations covered in their remote workspace. 

Watch Jo Palmer & Emma Heuston from The Remote Expert discussing the WHS Audit in the video below. To view a preview of how the WHS Audit works, you can watch Pointer's Community Manager, Caitlin, complete her audit here.

https://youtu.be/e7Jo3dmDdzI

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