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Home-based Worksite Checklist

March 31, 2020

Under Workplace Health and Safety law, employers have a duty of care to provide a safe and healthy place of work for all employees.

This also applies to employees who work remotely as part of their employment agreement, including temporary arrangements.

The Home Based Worksite Checklist is designed to assist employees with the setting up of a suitable work-site at home. It will also help determine the suitability of the site and ensure it complies with Workplace Health and Safety requirements.

It is the employee’s responsibility to be aware of their surroundings and working conditions, and ensure they are safe and compliant.

What else should I consider when my employees are working from home?

Communication

  • Talk to your employee about how you can communicate regularly for example, call-in or email morning and night.
  • Ask your employees to let you know if there is any change that may impact your health and safety.  
  • Aim to put any agreed communications strategy with the worker in writing.

Mental health

  • Ask your employee to consider setting up their workstation and establish boundaries around their work hours with their partner, children and/or house mates.
  • Schedule regular meetings and catch ups with your manager, team and clients to help you maintain ongoing contact and foster positive working relationships.
  • Stay connected via phone, email and/or online (via your organisation’s videoconferencing, instant messaging platforms, etc) to keep you across latest developments with work, your team and organisation.
  • Use outdoor spaces where possible when you take breaks and try to incorporate some exercise or other activity as part of your working day.
  • Play music or listen to the radio to create a harmonious working environment.
  • Identify any potential distractions and put strategies in place to minimise them, for example separating your workstation from the rest of the house.

Please call a HIA Workplace Adviser on 1300 650 620 for further information.

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