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By law, employers must conduct a 'suitable and sufficient' risk assessment of their employees' working environment.

If an employer is not able to carry out a full risk assessment, they should provide their employees with information on working safely at home. This could include asking them to carry out a self-assessment of their workspace and equipment.

If changes are needed to make sure an employee can work at home in a safe and healthy way, employers are responsible for making sure they happen.

Employers should review risk assessments regularly to make sure their employees' working environments remain safe and healthy.

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  • find advice on risk assessments from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE)
  • download a homeworking questionnaire from the CIPD

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If you work from home, whether it’s from an office room, a desk in the corner or a spot at the dining room table, then it’s likely that you’re a lone worker. This means that you carry out your work activities in isolation from other people and without direct supervision.

According to the most recent statistics, half of British workers ( 50% ) are still working from home at least some of the time, up from 37% before the pandemic.

This article is designed to help you assess the risks of working from home, so you can identify the support and equipment you might need.

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Our Health & Safety Training for Home Workers is CPD accredited and takes approximately 2-3 hours to complete. It details the most crucial aspects of health and safety present in the home and the controls needed to manage them effectively. You can also take a look at DSE Training for Home Workers and Risk Assessment Training .

Working from Home Health & Safety

On the surface, working from home doesn’t seem to present many risks to health and safety. You’re familiar with the environment, you know how the equipment works and you know your way around the premises. But that doesn’t mean you’re free from risk. In fact, more accidents happen in the home than anywhere else.

But why is that the case? Perhaps it’s because home is where we forgo traditional health and safety measures as we’re convinced that we’re ‘safe in our own houses’ and so get complacent with daily hazards. That plug that sparks each time you plug it in? You’ll fix it later. That smoke detector battery that’s run out of juice? You’ll replace it at the weekend. That desk chair which gives you backache? You’ll buy a new one on payday.

However, just because you’re working in a familiar environment it doesn’t mean that the health and safety risks shouldn’t be addressed.

Free Working from Home Risk Assessment Template

To help you out, we’ve created a simple risk assessment template for you to download and help you assess your home workspace.

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The actual risk assessment starts on the second page of the PDF.  You can either fill the fields on your device or print it out and write in the boxes.

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We would also recommend the following resources:

  • An infographic showing how to set your workstation up ergonomically.
  • How to improve health, safety and wellbeing whilst sat at your computer.
  • Guidance for employers on the health and safety of their homeworkers.
  • Establishing an Effective Lone Working Buddy System  if required for your role.
  • Risk Assessment Training to understand each of the key steps of a risk assessment.
  • Online Display Screen Equipment Training Course providing the learner with an awareness of the health risks associated with DSE.

Without an ergonomic setup, you could be at risk of developing issues from minor strains to more serious repetitive strain injuries and musculoskeletal disorders. It is worth spending some time to make sure you are safe and comfortable.

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How To Carry Out a Home Working Risk Assessment

How To Carry Out a Home Working Risk Assessment

Advances in technology have enabled opportunities for home working to rise exponentially in recent years and the number of people who work regularly from home has risen to around 4.2 million.

The benefits are well-documented for employees in terms of saving time and travel costs, lowering of stress levels, and for employers, collaboration and a widespread diverse talent pool and increased productivity.  Alongside new opportunities, a home working workforce presents us with challenges, particularly when managing health and safety.

Read on to find out more about the potential challenges and how a home working risk assessment can help you manage them, therefore, protecting you, your staff and your business.

Who Is Responsible For Carrying Out a Home Working Risk Assessment?

Under UK health and safety legislation, the employer is has a legal responsibility to protect the health and safety of all workers and that includes home workers.  By carrying out a home worker’s risk assessment, employers will be able to identify and then deal with, any health and safety risks as far as is “reasonably practicable”.

What Is a Home Working Risk Assessment

A home working risk assessment should check whether the proposed home worker’s place of work is suitable. Much work carried out at home is going to be low-risk, office-type work so any risk assessment will consider:

The Homeworking Environment

A home worker risk assessment must assess the suitability of space. There should be enough space for work to be carried out comfortably. Often spaces used for homework such as attic rooms or basements, are not suitable because of poor lighting or inadequate ventilation so an assessment should also include ventilation, lighting and temperature. Assessing the workspace should also include removing trip hazards such as trailing leads.

For any regular DSE user, the workstation must be assessed. A legally compliant workstation including suitable chair is a must. Additional equipment such as a monitor stand or footrest may be necessary and the need for these identified by the assessment.

Training staff to carry out their own assessment is the easiest way to ensure you meet legal guidelines to provide a safe work area. Self-assessment is also a great solution for mobile workers working in different locations. Interactive DSE self-assessment online can help you with this. If concerns are raised on completion, then a DSE assessment with a competent assessor is in order.

Supplying and Maintaining DSE and Other Electrical Equipment

Of the work equipment used at home, employers are only responsible for equipment supplied. If company equipment is used, for example, a computer with internet access, the employer will have to consider what systems need to be put in place to monitor its use including privacy and security measures. Though it isn’t possible to be wholly responsible for electrical equipment in an employee’s home, equipment supplied does need to be inspected and maintained. The HSE has published guidance on electrical safety in offices .

Mobile Equipment

Where staff are mobile and expected to carry equipment to different locations, there is a risk of manual handling injury. Frequent laptop users should also minimise the time they spend using the laptop and ensure they take regular breaks. Other practical ways to reduce any manual handling risk could include providing:

  • Smaller and lightweight equipment
  • Backpack style laptop cases or wheeled cases
  • Detachable small keyboard
  • Manual handling training

Fire Safety

A home worker risk assessment will check that flammable materials (e.g. paper) and ignition sources such as cigarettes are carefully controlled. Anyone working from home also needs to have a working and regularly checked fire alarm/smoke detector and a fire escape plan in place.

If work is low-risk, such as desk-based work home workers do not require any first aid equipment beyond normal domestic needs. Read more from the HSE .

Stress and Mental Wellbeing

With the explosion in mental health problems, we must ensure mental health is a priority right now. Forging close bonds with co-workers is beneficial to our mental health and employees need to be made aware that home can lead to limited social contact resulting in a feeling of isolation and even depression. It is important for employers to combat this by taking steps to ensure remote workers feel part of a team. Practical ways employers can achieve this could include:

  • Having regular meetings with management
  • Requesting home workers spend at least one day in the office
  • Building a network of lone workers and with other remote workers.
  • Access to helplines and advice.
  • Online meetings/skype.
  • Sending newsletters,
  • Being included in social occasions.

Furthermore, achieving a sensible work/life balance is essential for good mental health.  Being endlessly connected to work by our phones blurs the boundaries between our work life and our personal life. This makes it difficult to switch off and relax in turn leading to people working longer hours than they ordinarily would in a traditional office setting. Employers should give staff some guidance in maintaining a personal/home life separate from work. Some simple solutions could be using a dedicated phone just for business use which can then be turned off at the end of a working day. Task management and time management training can also be useful in equipping people with the skills needed to effectively manage their time.

Working Alone

Working alone (as home workers/remote workers often do) presents further challenges concerning personal safety and mental health. There should be measures in place should anyone working alone have an accident, become unwell or be assaulted. Precautions such as a buddy system ensure any risk is minimised and emergencies rapidly identified.

Putting in place clear, consistent management systems will reduce the risks home workers face, but it’s only through regular monitoring that you can be sure risks are being controlled adequately.

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A homeworking risk assessment must be completed if you continue to work from home for at least 3 days a week for an indefinite period of time.

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Homeworking is simply doing your job from home as your main place of work, rather than on UCL campus. This applies to staff working full-time or part-time at home, those dividing their time between home and the campus, and mobile workers who use their home as an administrative base. It is a type of flexible working that can also be carried out in conjunction with other arrangements such as flexible hours, working part-time and term-time working.

As UCL reopens, some staff will be asked to spend more time on campus while others will continue to be asked to work at home. To determine who can return to work and who must continue to work from home, UCL has published a framework for staff to identify with particular risk groups through an individual health assessment . 

As staff are still asked to work from home if it is possible for them to do so, homeworking is no longer a temporary measure. 

For those that have discussed their situation with their line managers and for whom it has been determined that they should continue to work from home for at least 3 days a week for an indefinite period of time, a homeworking risk assessment must be completed.

Head of Department

  • Defining the operational priorities for the department
  • Selecting who is prioritised to return at what stage within the individual health assessment system
  • Communication of the priorities and new arrangements must be shared with all staff who return to work

Line Managers and Supervisors

  • For those who are asked to work from home for at least 3 days a week for an indefinite period of time according to government, UCL or Departmental priorities, ensure that risk assessments are in place
  • Supporting staff in their DSE homeworking risk assessment
  • Evaluate and review homeworking arrangements on a regular basis to respond to changes in the pandemic, government and UCL policy and employee personal circumstances
  • Prevent staff being isolated, disconnected or abandoned and ensure they are connected to management and peers through contact and work projects
  • Any personal information disclosed by staff must be kept confidential

Members of staff

  • Those asked to make home their main place of work must read the home working risk assessment and complete the homeworking checklist providing details of their personal homeworking circumstances
  • Co-operate with the departmental policies and arrangements for safe homeworking and, where appropriate, familiarise themselves with the new departmental arrangements, risk assessments and induction procedures for visiting campus, including the Return to UCL Induction , the Fire Safety online training and fire safety induction form TN086 , even if this is not their main place of work

A generic risk assessment (subject to further update) covering key risks associated with homeworking is available through riskNET - search for RA036168 – Title: General UCL Risk Assessment for Homeworking as the Main Place of Work.  By its nature it is very general and not specific and is made specific by attaching the Homeworker's Checklist completed by managers and individuals to the risk assessment.

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The homeworking risk assessment must be read and the homeworker’s checklist completed by the homeworker. After reading the homeworker’s checklist completed by an employee, the line manager must review it alongside the employee and make appropriate arrangements with homeworking staff. They must ensure that the employee is aware of expectations and the required standard of work within any flexibility agreed. Once the homeworker’s checklist is agreed and signed, the homeworker’s risk assessment with attached checklist must be submitted and then approved by the line manager.

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Homeworker's responsibility

It is the homeworker’s responsibility to assess their personal circumstances of homeworking with respect to home insurance, mortgage provision, landlord agreements, tax or other legal restrictions, such as a restrictive covenant. Staff should ensure there are no implications for their particular situation.

No contribution will be made by UCL towards normal household expenses attached to homeworking, such as heating, lighting or internet connectivity. When an employee is working at home, journeys made to the normal office base will not be reimbursed.

Homeworkers must abide by the requirements of the risk assessment. It is particularly important for homeworkers to facilitate communication with UCL as appropriate, to deliver the expected work outcomes and understand their own responsibilities regarding health and safety, data security and confidentiality.

Homeworkers must:

  • Read the homeworking risk assessment and be familiar with the content
  • Complete the homeworker’s checklist that describes the personal circumstances for an individual to work from home. Do not enter any personal information on the checklist or risk assessment, such as a home address, personal contact phone numbers or health condition. There is no requirement to disclose personal health status to line management
  • Discuss the suitability for working from home with your line manager
  • Ensure the completed checklist, signed by the line manager, is attached to the revised risk assessment and get your line manager to approve it
  • Homeworkers must abide by the requirements of the risk assessment. It is particularly important for homeworkers to facilitate communication with UCL as appropriate, to deliver the expected work outcomes and understand their own responsibilities regarding health and safety, data security and confidentiality

UCL and departmental measures to adapt working practices to ensure a COVID-19 secure workplace may result in the re-organisation of workspace within the buildings and changes in availability and capacity of office space. Initial measures have meant office space might be redeployed for activities that are business-critical and cannot be achieved at home.

When assessing risks to the homeworker, managers must pay attention to the following:

  • Homeworkers who are new and expectant mothers, as risks include those to the child (see HSE guidance on new and expectant mothers who work)
  • Homeworkers who may have childcare or caring responsibilities and for whom flexibility in working arrangements are required for them to achieve their potential for UCL
  • Homeworkers who are early career staff may not have facilities at home to work effectively and may need to be prioritised to return to work
  • Homeworkers under difficult situations at home, such as stress and risks to their wellbeing, those with work life balance issues or at risk of domestic abuse or violence, can be prioritised to return
  • The time of travel to work and reliance on public transport where the risks of societal transmission of COVID-19 are highest
  • The extent to which teaching staff can work remotely and provide the necessary student support

Who can return?

Staff may self-identify with the options published by UCL . There is no requirement for anyone to disclose any underlying or other health conditions and if staff choose to do so for the benefit of assisting in the phased return to work, that information is confidential. Disagreements and misunderstandings can be resolved through support from Workplace Health or Student Support and Wellbeing .

Staff who are asked to work from home as their main place of work must complete a  DSE risk assessment . Results will be returned to line managers. Line managers must attempt to resolve DSE issues but if further support is needed, departmental DSE assessors can offer assistance and medical issues must be referred to Workplace Health.

> Information on the line manager's role in the DSE process >  Guidance for home workers and line managers during COVID-19 remote working > Keeping safe on campus

Last updated: Friday, September 17, 2021

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25% of employees working from home experience loneliness and isolation while being away from colleagues. The impact of working from home can affect mental health and as an employer, it’s worth considering the benefits of working from home risk assessments .

Working from home can bring a number of benefits, both to the employee and the business; whether this is financial benefits through the minimised cost of commuting, office space and facilities, or opening up a wider pool of applicants by dismissing geographical issues. Research shows that working from home has the potential to increase staff motivation, as it reduces stress and sickness levels, allowing productivity to be maintained throughout the business.

However, where there are benefits, there will always be risks, and it is important for employers to recognise these and work to understand what can be done to raise awareness and prevent employees from feeling isolated in their environment when working from home.

For more understanding on employee mental health, our Mental health and Me training can help employees get to grips with their mental health and how to improve it.

Working from home risk assessments

It’s common for employers to feel like they have lost oversight and control of their staff when they undertake remote working, but enhances in technology allow a higher level of communication than ever before, and new ways of control to be put in place to monitor results, performance and productivity – it’s not hard to see why homeworking is becoming increasingly popular.

Despite this, it’s important to recognise the benefits and risks and by undertaking the correct procedures you can ensure you are not liable for any personal injury claims, as well as having the knowledge to ensure risk assessments are undertaken in the correct manner. Ensuring their home is compliant with health and safety regulations, as well as recognising how stress and mental health could be impacted through a feeling of isolation and homeworking.

Working from home risk assessments cover a range of areas :

  • Working with display screen equipment at home
  • Working environment and accidents
  • Stress and mental health

The HSE advises employers to conduct regular risk assessments for all employees, including homeworkers. Working from home risk assessments should include the minimum of:

  • identifying hazards, what could cause injury or illness
  • identify how likely it is for the employee to be at risk
  • taking control or making adjustments to control risk

By law, as an employer, you must abide by the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 , to protect your employees from harm. Examples of risk assessments and templates can be found on the HSE site .

Employee mental health and Isolation Issues

As we delve into stress and mental health issues, one of the major risks facing homeworkers is the feeling of isolation. While distractions in an office can often impact productivity if they are not managed correctly, it’s often these interactions that give us the motivation to carry on with our work.

It is these interactions that are noticeably missing when working from home. By ensuring that a routine is put in place throughout the working day to communicate with your team and management, and strengthen the link to the outside world beyond the four walls of your home office you can limit the feeling of isolation that comes through working from home.

We are more connected than ever, with video conferencing technology making waves to help businesses maintain communication in more ways, phone and email still also play a huge part in allowing employees who work from home to remain a part of the team in the office.

If you are worried about isolation issues affecting employee mental health through homeworking, look at our training course on Homeworker Awareness to understand the importance of reporting issues and hazards at home. Risk assessments are required by law, as an employer.

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More and more people have been working from home in recent times. Whether it’s from an office space, the dining-room table, or a desk in the spare room, we class these workers as lone workers. This means they work remotely, without direct supervision, and perform work tasks separate from their colleagues.

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More people have been working from home in recent times. Whether it’s from an office space, the dining-room table, or a desk in the spare room, we class these workers as lone workers. This means they work remotely, without direct supervision, and perform work tasks separate from their colleagues.

Almost 46.6% of UK employees worked from home in 2020. As an employer, you are required to apply the same Health & S afety responsibilities for a home worker, as you would do for any other worker. 

There are many positive aspects to why remote working is good for your business. However, employers should perform Health & Safety risk assessments for employees who work from home.

Read about what considerations you’ll need for a working from home risk assessment template. And how these occupational health risk assessments are key factors for employee welfare.

Peninsula provides total support on any HR or Health & Safety issue you have. From unlimited advice to our full documentation and risk assessment services , we'll ensure compliance at all times, contact us today.

What is a working from home risk assessment template?

Working from home has grown drastically, as we have come accustomed to using better technological methods. We have increasingly utilised using equipment like laptops, tablets, and smartphones for working.

This gives remote workers more flexibility to work and improve their work efficiency. But it can also bring its own problems, like Health & Safety risks, isolation issues and a lack of control on working environments.

A working from home risk assessment template can help employers control safety measures for their staff who work from home regularly.

When an employer is working at home, consider a working from home risk assessment checklist:

  • How do you keep regular communication?
  • What tasks will be set from them? And for how long?
  • Can the tasks be performed safely?
  • What control measures are needed to protect them whilst working?

It’s not always easy to control safety risks that could affect lone workers. When they don’t have access to direct supervision, it’s more likely that workers will meet additional problems.

You should keep regular communication with lone workers, making sure that they are safe and healthy.

Failure to keep regular contact with lone workers can cause them to feel isolated, abandoned, and detached from their team.

It’s highly likely that remote employees use computers and other screen-facing devices when working from home. The Health & Safety risks that can occur with display screen equipment (DSE) should be monitored and controlled. 

There is very little evidence to show greater DSE risks for employees who temporarily work from home. In these situations, employers aren’t required to ask their workers to carry out DSE risk assessments on their work-setup at home.

Instead, advise your employers on how to complete a basic lone worker risk assessment for working from home. Here are a few measures you can take to reduce display screen work risks:

  • Split up long periods of DSE work by taking breaks or changing activities. (Take rest breaks for at least five minutes every hour).
  • Avoid awkward or static working postures by changing your position regularly.
  • Do stretching exercises and move around more regularly.
  • Reduce eye fatigue by blinking more and changing your focus.

Ergonomic equipment

Employers can provide specialist DSE equipment for workers to help with their working needs. This can include allowing workers to take equipment home, like keyboards, mouse, risers, etc.

For those used to larger equipment (like ergonomic chairs, height-adjustable desks), you should encourage workers to recreate a comfortable working environment (by using support cushions, etc.).

Review DSE arrangements

While employees continue to work from home, you should keep regular communication with them. This will set additional steps to help reduce Health & Safety risks. Employees should report:

  • Aches or discomfort pains that relate to their DSE work-setup.
  • Any adverse effects discovered from working at home.
  • Working for longer hours without regular rest breaks.

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For some employees, working from home can have all sorts of effects on a person’s mental health. These can range from:

  • Work-related stress.
  • Social anxiety.
  • An intense sense of guilt.

Despite working in isolation or away from colleagues, you should still provide your workers with appropriate support and welfare considerations – just like you would do in the office.

Open communication 

You should place wellbeing procedures where regular communication between you and remote workers is upheld. Even a five-minute morning meeting with lone workers can help deal with issues of isolation and separation.

As an employer, you should be able to recognise signs of stress and loneliness as early as possible. It’s also advised to have an emergency point of contact for employees working from home. This is to ensure that they know the right methods for getting help when they need it.

Find out more about mental health and stress here.

Whether your employees work in the office or work from home, they are still under your management and care. You should ensure that they carry out their work safely and without any risks to their health, throughout their entire working career.

Make sure you work to the standards of your Health & Safety policy for remote workers.  And carry out working from home risk assessments, with follow-ups reports for any incidents that may occur.

Peninsula can offers you expert Health & Safety advice and help create a working from home risk assessment template perfect for your business. We can also introduce training to aid compliance.

Peninsula clients also get access to 24/7 HR consultation on safe working requirements. And if you are not yet a client, you can still enjoy free advice from one of our business specialists. Simply call us on 0800 158 2313.

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Explain the change in working arrangements to employees and confirm in writing, why is it so important to issue a formal letter , homeworking policy, homeworker’s risk assessment, systems and data security for home workers, practical tips for homeworking to share with your staff, additional homeworking resources.

This home working pack will help you review and update your policies and practices easily, allowing your staff to work from home as efficiently as possible, as cyber safely as possible, and ensuring employers remain compliant with health & safety and contractual obligations.

This article contains: 

  • A Homeworking policy  to add to your staff handbook and issue to your teams.
  • A Risk assessment  which can be completed by the employee and includes questions assessing technology, data security & confidentiality and additional information for higher risk cases, for example expectant mothers. Carrying out initial and periodic risk assessments for homeworking fits well into this the comprehensive plan
  • A list of useful sites and up to date resources . There is a wealth of information online covering every aspect of home working. At the bottom of this article are listed well known and up to date sites.

The general move to hybrid working arrangements for employees means more homeworking, so these documents can be incorporated into your hybrid working policies. There are now many reasons why an employer and an employee may agree homeworking – hybrid working – arrangements. It is important to explain what is expected during homeworking and ensure the worker and manager are clear how the new homeworking arrangement will work. We recommend writing to the worker to set out the changes to the employment contract and the new homeworking policy and ask the worker to agree to the changes so there is a clear record of the agreed changes.

With the pandemic fast forwarding a greater acceptance of home working and a new of era of flexibility, there are now many reasons why an employer and employee may agree on homeworking arrangements. It is important to explain to what is expected during homeworking and ensure employee and linemanager are both clear on how the new homeworking arrangement will work. We recommend writing to the employee to set out the changes to the employment contract and the new homeworking policy and ask the them to agree to the changes, so there is a clear record of the agreed changes Below are elements you need to consider, and we suggest cover, in a letter to your home workers. Include the home working policy and risk assessment that you can download here and amend when you send the letter. Employers should remember to give themselves the flexibility to require workers on notice to return back to working in the office.

The letter represents a change to the worker’s contract so needs to be customised for the relevant home worker. Get in touch if you need more advice and guidance on getting this right for your particular situation, or if you need a template letter to start from.

Employers have a legal duty to protect the health, safety and welfare of their employees, including those who work from home, under the Health & Safety at Work etc. Act 1974: As part of these duties:

  • Employers are required to carry out a risk assessment to identify hazards and take steps to remove these. This risk assessment can be done by the employee and submitted to the employer for review.
  • Employers must keep a record of the findings of the risk assessment and keep the risks under review.
  • Employers are responsible for any equipment they provide to be safe and suitable, and must provide appropriate eye tests, on request.
  • New and expectant mothers are owed a special duty of care under the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations.
  • Employers should check they have appropriate insurance cover for homeworkers, including statutory employer’s liability insurance, and insurance covering any equipment or materials, and
  • Treat employees fairly and consistently whether at work or home working.

Health & Safety Executive (HSE) guidance for employers on protecting home workers .

A Homeworking policy sets out the basis for working from home, the assessment criteria, the necessary arrangements and how home working will be managed going forward.

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Contact us for help customising this template Homeworking policy for your particular situation.

This risk assessment should be sent with the letter and homeworking policy to the homeworker. It can be completed by the homeworker and includes questions assessing technology, data security & confidentiality and additional information for higher risk cases for example expectant mothers. It also includes a critically important final question so easily missed by employers.

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Download Homeworker’s Risk assessment.

Setting up effective homeworking

The Health & Safety Executive have produced a working from home toolbox and video here and a display screen equipment (DSE) checklist here

Protecting data security and data confidentiality in a homeworking setting. Businesses still have a legal responsibility to ensure that they have sufficient data security and data protection practices in place for homeworking as well as health and safety considerations for employees. There are increased risks from:

– malware attacks – data breaches – use of down devices, and – adoption of new technology which has been poorly implemented, secured or assessed may arise

Employers are responsible for data security and protection of personal information. This remains the case when any member of your workforce is homeworking.

Employees must try to maintain the same standards of data confidentiality and security at home as they would normally do in the office. 

Phishing attacks sky rocketed during the pandemic and continue to be a problem with significant numbers targeted at home workers. (At the height of the lockdown Google was blocking 18 million coronavirus scam emails every day). Do warn and train your staff to avoid a disruptive security breach and IT misuse from these attacks.

Employers may want to think about:

  • Putting an ‘IT and Systems in Homeworking’ Policy in place to manage your remote team and keep your data secure.
  • Asking your employees to complete a working from home assessment Offering employees (including those furloughed) online training or webinars on data security and confidentiality while working from home
  • Reviewing access to internal systems, security of employees own devices and updated anti-malware and virus protection across all devices. 

For more information and advice on data security and confidentiality, and what to do once your risk assessments are in, contact Karen Heaton at www.dpo4buiness.co.uk  who works closely with The Legal Partners when we advise clients on these issues.

Some important reminders to keep in mind and review from time to time with all existing staff and new joiners who are working from home.

Define your space –   have a dedicated area for work, however small, to separate work life from home life. Ideally in a separate area, but otherwise any quiet area.

Working from home equipment – as employers will not be able to see the working from home set-up of certain staff, it is important to keep in regular discussions regarding employee’s working from home equipment (ie making sure laptops, monitors and headphones are functional and up to date), in order to ensure that all employees are equipped to manage their workload from home.  Sitting correctly –   in an ideal situation, every employee should have a fit-for-purpose work chair and desk as well as desk equipment set up professionally. Make sure you have checked in with your team on these elements. Working in natural light, sitting with correct posture in the best chair possible, ensuring laptop screens are positioned at eye height and using external keyboard & mouse wherever possible, are all important elements to get right. Check in with your teams on these aspects, and use/share the links in the section above.

Take regular short breaks – every 20 minutes, look up, stretch, walk about, reach out to a colleague, open a window and get some fresh air. Make time to eat lunch properly. 

Establish a routine – establishing some familiarity can help people stay productive and to feel in control, happier at work. Set regular hours and stick to the schedule.  Plan the day –  set a plan for each day and where possible stick to it.   Work-life balance – many people have family, caring responsibilities and household set ups that make keeping to their usual work hours difficult, and can make working from home a challenge. Discuss with people individually what working from home means for them, adapt working structures and agree a way forward.  Staying in touch – much has been written about this. Ironically, homeworking has proved a golden opportunity to break the much ingrained office habit of relying solely on email communication. Whether its by mobile, video chat, MS Teams, virtual tea-breaks or the many other ways to connect, make it a daily habit to have  5 or 10 minutes general chat. Plan quarterly virtual team-building get togethers, so that team members can establish a relationship outside of work activities.  Whatever technology is used, the point is don’t allow vacuums in communications to arise. Schedule regular ‘check in, check out’ team conference calls, at the beginning and end of the day. Dedicate part of the call to something not work-related. Ensure everyone is involved and heard, especially those who are not physically visible. Employers increasingly expect line managers to take responsibility for their team’s health and wellbeing. Be mindful that more junior line managers may well need some coaching in how to do this for their teams. Some firms have created ‘wellbeing platforms’; breaking areas down into mental wellbeing, physical wellbeing, thought leadership and combining childcare with homeworking, inviting staff to contribute. Training & upskilling. Many employers took the opportunity in lockdown to train and upskill their teams using the online resources, (Microsoft Excel topped the list of training courses taken during the pandemic). Continuing training programs, and promotions, when staff are homeworking is good for morale, and for moving forward.

Below are some helpful additional resources, tips and reminders on managing remote teams and all aspects of effective homeworking.

  • CIPD | ‘Getting the most from home working ‘  page has a series of top 10 tips for homeworking, divided into sections on:  working remotely managing remote teams   healthy remote working   effective online meetings legal & contractual considerations (already covered in this article) and related content. CIPD have made available a more general guide outlining  some of the key aspects Managers need to consider when ‘preparing the organisation for home working ‘.
  • Acas | Working from home a short bullet list on much of the above plus setting clear expectations.

For more information or queries about issues discussed in this article, please contact Richard Mullett by email . To speak directly with or any other of The Legal Partners team of specialist business and HR lawyers based at our Richmond UK office, or our partner lawyers in Singapore, please call +44 203 755 5288

This article explains the main legal issues and common situations to consider. It is not a substitute for legal advice. Please get in contact to discuss your particular issue or queries.

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Mar 31, 2020

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Working from home has now become the new normal for many of us and businesses who didn’t even have a homeworking policy in place this time last month, have now had to implement one, where possible, in order to practice social distancing without compromising the productivity of the business.

Implementing a homeworking policy is not just as easy as providing employees with a laptop and a Skype account. The safety of your workers is still your legal responsibility even when they are working from home so, just as you would if they were on the premises/site, you must conduct a risk assessment of their place of work and work set up. There’s a whole heap of safety issues that you need to consider, assess and put measures in place for to reduce the risk of an accident/incident at home.

Homeworking Environment

Although your employees are familiar with their surroundings when at home, this doesn’t mean that there aren’t any hazards they need to be made aware of and protected from. For example, the space that they choose to do their work must meet the same requirements as any other workplace – good ventilation and lighting, and a comfortable temperature. Hence, working in an attic that has no natural light or ventilation would not be considered safe or healthy for your employee. They should use a space that has windows (which can be opened) and access to heating, so they can adjust the temperature of the room when required.

Another potential hazard that can be found in one’s home, are trip hazards – usually from toys or wires left laying around the room. You should make your employees aware of the fact that keeping their work space clean and tidy is not just great for their productivity, but it will also reduce the potential for any trips, slips or falls.

Lone Worker Safety

Working from home means that employees are working alone, without any direct supervision, making them a lone worker. This presents its own set of health and safety issues that will need to be addressed in your homeworking risk assessment.

The biggest concern with lone workers is the isolation that they will experience from not being in a work space with their colleagues. It can lead to feelings of anxiety and loneliness which is not beneficial to their mental health. Therefore, it’s important for you, as an employer, to ensure that there is regular communication with any employees who are working from home; whether it comes directly from you or from their colleagues. You could give them a call at the end of every day just to check in on how they are getting on and give them the opportunity to ask any questions or address any concerns that they may have or set up weekly meetings with their team using Google Hangouts, Skype, or Zoom. You should also make sure that they are included in any company-wide communication such as mass emails, even if you don’t think the information in the email will affect them directly because they are not in the office, it will make them feel included and keep them aware of what is going on within the company.

Being a lone worker also means that, if an accident were to take place, there is no one with them (in theory – they may live with a partner, friend, family member or roommate) to report the accident. You need to set up a clear process for accident reporting for homeworkers, as you would if they were in a communal place of work, such as identifying their point of contact and providing a contact number for them, details of the accident that need to be recorded, and providing them with transport should they need to go to a hospital or doctor.

This is also the case when it comes to a lone worker who becomes unwell during working hours. Typically, the same process would be in place for an employee who falls ill outside of working hours and needs to notify someone that they won’t be going into work as a result, but you will need to clarify this to any employees who are working from home so that they are aware of who they need to notify and how.

Display Screen Equipment, DSE, is a workplace hazard and needs to be assessed and monitored to ensure the physical health of your workers. When working from home, employees must set up their workstation correctly, otherwise they could feel the impacts with health issues, such as musculoskeletal disorder, over time.

Furthermore, spending long periods of time in front of a screen, such as a laptop, tablet or phone, can cause problems with eyesight and, even, headaches which is why regular breaks away from DSE should be encouraged.

One way in which to do this could be to set up a scheduled time for breaks for any employees who work from home, this ensures that everyone is aware of when that employee will be unavailable for meetings or calls, and it will make the employee feel less anxious about taking their breaks.

You also need to make sure that they have a comfortable work set up at home and, if not, this might be something that you supply them with if it could benefit their health or safety. Some examples would be a comfortable chair that encourages good posture and a desk at an appropriate height for working.

Mental Health

A big health and safety risk that often gets overlooked when discussing homeworkers, is their mental health. As mentioned before, homeworkers are also lone workers, and this can feel very isolating and cause a range of mental health issues such as depression and anxiety. The best way to support employees and reduce these feelings is to regularly communicate with them and keep them up to date with what is going on within the company.

Then, there is also the risk of stress that homeworkers often face due to the nature of working from home. By not having a separate space for work and home life, it can often mean that the two intertwine leading to employees working longer hours and not getting a chance to switch off from work, resulting in increased stress.

Some tips for preventing, or reducing, stress for homeworkers would be to:

  • Advise them to take regular breaks, as well as their lunch break, throughout the working day to go outside and get some fresh air or just step away from their desk and do something else for five minutes.
  • Ask them to work in a room, or space in the house, where they would not typically spend their time. For example, instead of working in bed or on the sofa, they could set up a work space in their dining room or in a spare room; this will make it a little easier to separate work and home.
  • Don’t contact them outside of work hours. If they are a 9-5 employee, then don’t call or email them after 5pm or before 9am so they don’t feel obliged to respond and still do work during their personal time. You can even take this one step further by telling them to turn off their work phone at the end of the working day and over the weekend, so they can truly switch off from work

You should also be careful not to put any added pressure on employees who work from home just because they are not under direct supervision. It would be easier to assume that homeworkers are more productive because they don’t have the distraction of other people to talk to; however, this doesn’t mean that their targets should be higher or that their deadlines should be shorter; homeworking employees should be set the same expectations as their office-based counterparts.

Homeworkers tend to be carrying out low-risk, office type work so no first aid equipment beyond normal domestic needs is required.

As part of our Working From Home Pack , we have created a thorough homeworking risk assessment template that is compliant with legislation and can be adapted to any size business in any industry. It’s clear and easy to use so you don’t have to worry about producing these documents yourself during what is already a stressful and uncertain time for many businesses.

The pack also includes a DSE Online Training Course , Homeworking Training Course , Lone Worker Training Course and a FREE Homeworking Policy .

For more information on this pack, or any of our products, please call us on 0121 756 5768

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The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic and the subsequent mandated work-from-home directive led to significant disruption at a population and individual level, impacting the (physical and mental) health, family and working lives of many people [ 1]. As the disease progresses, researchers continue to explore this complex interrelationship.

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The transition to homeworking among healthcare workers (HCWs) has also impacted key areas of clinical life, for example, team cohesion and education and training [ 5–7]. Working from home has had positive impacts for some HCWs across these domains, by providing more opportunities to work collaboratively on clinical cases and increased attendance and engagement at sessions [ 5, 6]. Conversely, negative impacts have also included technological difficulties (internet issues) creating more barriers in communicating with team members to maintain efficiency [ 7].

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What is a homeworker?

A homeworker is someone whose fixed place of work is their home. Throughout the pandemic, millions of UK employees have been forced to work from home and many businesses may even look to make that a more permanent fixture. With that in mind, employers need to make sure that their employees can work from home safely and productively.

"As an employer, you have the same health and safety responsibilities for home workers as for any other workers." - The HSE

What is a Homeworking Assessment and why are they important?

A Homeworking Assessment (or a Homeworking Risk Assessment) helps those who work from home identify and assess risks associated with their workstation and the nature of homeworking.

Risk assessments are a basic legal requirement and should be carried out for every employee, not just homeworkers. However, the risks to homeworkers can often differ from your standard employee, so it’s important that you identify these risks.

According to the Office for National Statistics, since the start of the pandemic in April 2020, nearly half (46.6%) of people in employment did some of their work from home. And where homeworking is likely to maintain its popularity, it’s important that those who do work from home are offered full support by their employers.

How often should they be carried out?

There’s no legal time frame for when Homeworking Assessments should be reviewed. However, as a general rule of thumb, it's best to review your assessments once a year. It’s also advised that assessments should be reviewed if something changes in your business or to a job role that may increase the risk to an individual.

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Our online Homeworking Assessment Tool is built into our Health & Safety for Homeworkers Training course. Users complete our high-quality eLearning course and are provided with the assessment upon completion of the course. Once the user has completed their assessment, training administrators can pull reports and are notified of any issues occurring from an assessment. Administrators can identify, prioritise, and quickly resolve any issues and keep end-users updated.

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Employers have the same health and safety responsibilities for homeworkers as for any other employees. You must assess and manage any risks to homeworkers.

Do I need a separate risk assessment for homeworkers?

You might include homeworkers in your general risk assessment, or you might decide to have a separate risk assessment for them.

Common risks for homeworkers

The following are common risks for homeworkers that you may need to manage. However, please note that risks will vary case-by-case.

  • communication – can the employee keep in touch with managers and co-workers? Is there a plan to keep in touch with them regularly?
  • working hours – is the employee following the rules on maximum working time and rest breaks
  • nature of the work – can the employee’s work be done safely at home?
  • security – are data and equipment stored securely in the employee’s home?
  • workstation – is the employee’s workstation set up with enough ventilation and lighting? Is display screen equipment (DSE) good enough?
  • distractions – can children enter the workspace? Is there excessive noise?
  • lone working – working alone can increase the risk of work-related stress and accidents. Are these managed?
  • fire – are smoke alarms fitted? Is a fire extinguisher on site? Are emergency exits kept clear?

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Common risk assessment queries and questions about our service, answered by our Health & Safety specialists.

Is a risk assessment a legal requirement?

Yes. Under the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999, all employers, regardless of size or sector, must undertake a “suitable and sufficient” assessment of the health and safety of risks their employees are exposed to while at work, as well as the risks to any non-employees (customers, visitors, contractors, etc.) who may be affected by their activities. If you employ five or more employees, it is a legal requirement to keep a written record of your assessment and significant findings. If you’re not sure where to begin with risk assessment, we can help you.

Can you do risk assessments for particular pieces of machinery?

If, for example, the audit we’ve conducted for you (or that you’ve conducted yourself) has revealed a number of items of machinery that you haven’t completed risk assessments on, we could support you with this as an additional piece of work outside of our core service. The same applies to risk assessments for lots of hazardous substances, or a large workplace with interactions between moving vehicles and pedestrians. In these cases, we can discuss this as an additional fee, or you can download and modify a particular risk assessment from our Knowledge Hub (included as part of our core Health & Safety service), which we will then review for you free of charge.

Can you help us with our Fire Risk Assessment?

If our General Risk Assessment identifies shortcomings with your fire safety arrangements and your Fire Risk Assessment then, depending on the complexity, we may be able to support you ourselves or through our partner organisation.

What’s the difference between a health and safety audit and a General Risk Assessment?

A health and safety audit is a thorough appraisal of your safety management system, normally conducted by an external health and safety professional as an independent assessment of compliance. It will reveal any areas where you are exposed, such as a missing safe system of work or an uncontrolled hazard, so that you can take corrective action. A General Risk Assessment is the method we use at WorkNest to conduct your audit. It allows us to take a systematic look at your workplace: identifying risks, evaluating the likelihood and severity of harm occurring giving the measures you currently have in place, and then recommending ways to reduce risk further.

We have an in-house health and safety team, but they haven’t had formal risk assessment training.

Risk assessment is the foundation of an effective safety management system, yet many individuals with this responsibility have not been taught the basic principles of how to conduct a risk assessment and what the law expects. This can result in an inaccurate estimation of risk, which may lead to certain control measures being recommended that are not necessary or, worse, control measures not being identified or implemented. If you are keen to make sure this essential task is being done properly, our expert Health & Safety Team can devise a risk assessors training package to develop internal competence.

Do I need a coronavirus (COVID-19) risk assessment?

Yes. COVID-19 is a biological hazard, and just like any other workplace hazard, all employers must conduct a risk assessment to identify and control the risks so far as is “reasonably practicable”. The government “expects” employers with over 50 workers to publish the results of these risk assessments online (via their website). It is important that you take these steps as regulators such as the HSE are now conducting spot checks to assess organisations’ compliance with COVID-secure measures. As part of the inspection, the regulator will want reassurance that you have conducted a COVID-19 risk assessment and communicated this to staff and may ask you to produce evidence to this effect. At WorkNest, we have the knowledge and templates to help you to compile the necessary assessment so that you’re regulator-ready.

Will you conduct specific risk assessments for us?

There is nobody better placed than you to conduct a risk assessment. You are familiar with your workplace and the particular activities that go on within it. While we won’t conduct specific assessments for you, we can help you to construct them so that they are suitable a sufficient, and we can even train your staff to become risk assessors so that you have the necessary skills in house. We will, however, we conduct a thorough examination of your premises, practices and procedures at the beginning of your relationship with WorkNest to help you identify and remedy any areas where you’re exposed.

How can the Health & Safety Software help with risk assessment?

Included as part of our core Health & Safety service, our award-winning Health & Safety Software will revolutionise your approach to auditing. Not only can you create your own assessments and checks, but you can monitor and control the actions identified in your General and Fire Risk Assessment, assign ownership to those responsible for actioning each task, and pull your data into one risk status indicator.

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We do more than just risk assessments..., accident and incident investigation.

An accident in the workplace is every employer’s worst nightmare. We can help to guide your investigation, advise on corrective action and protect your interests in the event of regulatory enforcement.

Can you help us prepare an accident investigation report?

Yes. This can be tricky to get right, especially as once you reach conclusions and set out the actions you have taken, the document is disclosable to the other side in the event of a personal injury claim or prosecution. We’ll help you stick to the facts, keep opinion separate, and make sure the report is presented in a way that protects your best interests and, most importantly, identifies the things that need to be put right to prevent reoccurrence.

We have been written to by the regulator regarding a health and safety incident. Can you help?

Yes. In the event of a serious accident or emergency, we will support your investigation and advise you on your communications with the enforcing authority. We will be there to help mitigate damage, guide you and support you. If you have received a letter from the regulator, we can help you to formulate a response until legal advice is required, in which case (if you have chosen to take it) our Legal Expenses Insurance is activated.

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Whether you’re facing an immediate crisis or just in need of an expert second opinion, get sensible, proportionate and practical advice at any time with our unlimited advice line support.

Who will I be advised by?

At WorkNest, we’re big believers in a personal approach. That’s why we assign each of our clients a named consultant, with who will become your main point of contact for advice, guidance and support on all health and safety matters. If you take up our full Health & Safety service, your consultant will also be the one to conduct your health and safety audit and produce your policy and handbook. This means you’ll receive consistent advice from a dedicated expert who truly understands your organisation’s safety system, arrangements and goals.

What if my consultant isn’t available?

If, for whatever reason, your dedicated consultant isn’t available when you call, our office-based Helpdesk Team will be able to resolve most issues for you or direct you to the relevant guidance or template you need via our Knowledge Hub. If you have a particularly urgent or technical query, our Helpdesk Team can triage this to another expert within our team. Rest assured you’ll never be left without support.

Audit and inspection

From a policy that isn’t being executed properly to a procedure or risk assessment that’s out of date, we can conduct a thorough examination of your premises, practices and procedures to identify and remedy any areas where you’re exposed.

What form does the audit take?

There are a number of different models and templates for conducting health and safety audits. Most commonly, and the approach we adopt at WorkNest, is what’s known as a General Risk Assessment (GRA). This is a systematic examination of your workplace to identify possible causes of harm, the likelihood and severity of that harm occurring given the safeguards already in place, and any further control measures needed to reduce risk to as low a level as is “reasonably practicable”.

Will you just provide a report of the issues identified?

No, we report on both compliant and non-compliant areas, and the report will provide clear solutions and recommendations to address particular areas of concern. Unlike some providers, we won’t insert default ‘corrective action required’ responses unless it is absolutely clear what you need to do; we edit to provide clarity. Plus, if you have any questions or concerns, your dedicated Health & Safety Consultant will be more than happy to assist.

Become your competent persons

We’re so confident in our ability to manage your compliance that we’ll even act as one of your legally-required competent persons, which all organisations must have access to by law in order to meet the requirements of health and safety legislation.

What is a competent person?

Put simply, a competent person helps an organisation to comply with health and safety law and take all reasonable steps to keep people from harm. This will be one or more persons who have the ability to recognise the health and safety risks associated with your organisation and identify sensible and proportionate solutions. The meaning of competent person can be found in Regulation 7 of the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999. This states that “every employer shall, subject to paragraphs (6) and (7), appoint one or more competent persons to assist him in undertaking the measures he needs to take to comply with the requirements and prohibitions imposed upon him by or under the relevant statutory provisions and by Part II of the Fire Precautions (Workplace) Regulations 1997 .”

Why would I appoint somebody external to my business?

Will the individual you appoint as your in-house competent person be able to dedicate enough time to this responsibility? They might know your organisation inside and out, but do they have the necessary skills, knowledge and training to keep you compliant? Do they have a working understanding of health and safety legislation and how it applies to your organisation? Appointing an impartial person, external to your organisation, gives you access to technical expertise and the benefit of hands-on experience, and brings structure to the way you manage health and safety. We’ll help you to set up an effective safety management system, show you what good looks like, and give you clarity over what you need to be doing.

Taking time out for employee training isn’t always possible. Nevertheless, as an employer, you want to know that your staff are fully equipped to undertake their duties confidently and safely – and that your organisation is protected – without affecting productivity or spending a fortune.

A convenient and powerful alternative to classroom-based training, our online e-Learning courses incorporate videos and interactive testing for impactful and engaging employee training.

What types of courses are available?

Our ever-growing library of e-Learning courses currently covers over 100 topics, including HR courses such as Equality & Diversity, Sexual Harassment and Social Media Use; soft skills courses such as Communication, Leadership and Change Management; and compliance courses such GDPR, Anti-Money Laundering and the Bribery Act. We also offer an extensive range of Health & Safety courses, including Accident Reporting, Risk Assessment and First Aid. Download the full course brochure .

How much do the courses cost?

All of our e-Learning courses are free for the first year when you purchase our Employment Law & HR  or Health & Safety managed service. This means you’re not paying per head or per course, which not only keeps down but gives you complete cost certainty over your training expenses. This is particularly handy if your workforce is growing, as you won’t need to purchase extra licenses, giving you exceptional value for money.

H&S software

Our innovative health and safety software, SafetyNest, will revolutionise your approach to risk management by creating smart “to-do” lists, cutting out the admin and allowing you to monitor your compliance at a glance.

How can SafetyNest help me?

Our SafetyNest software can transform how you manage health and safety. By turning heavily-administrative, time-consuming tasks into automated processes, it will increase standards and efficiencies across your organisation and free up valuable time. By being able to monitor your compliance at a glance, you’re not left in the dark about how you’re performing and can quickly and proactively identify what action is needed, reducing the potential for an incident and giving you peace of mind. It can also be instrumental in demonstrating compliance to the regulator, increasing your chances of a stress-free inspection.

What exactly is a ‘risk status indicator’?

One of the main benefits of SafetyNest is that you can see, at a glance, exactly how you’re performing and what needs to be done to maintain compliance. When you log in, you will immediately see your Current health status , which gives you visibility of all sites and their current RAG status for ‘Audit’, ‘Registry’, ‘Monitoring’ and ‘Risk assessments’, as well as Location monthly health status , which allows you to select a site and see the progression of the RAG status in any given time frame.

Legal Expenses Insurance

An optional element of our fixed-fee Health & Safety support, our FCA-regulated Legal Expenses Insurance (LEI) can cover against the commercial ramifications of a serious safety incident.

What happens if there’s an accident in our workplace? Is it likely we will be fined?

Most reportable accidents in the workplace are not followed up by the regulator, but if they do take an interest, you are more likely to be subject to some sort of enforcement action being taken. This may be an enforcement notice or Fee for Intervention (FFI) breach. Alternatively, it may be the start of criminal proceedings that end up in court, the cost of which can be significant.

Does LEI include legal representation?

Yes. If you choose to defend the claim, our LEI includes legal support right the way through a case, including barrister’s costs. Here, there will be a prospect of success assessment; the likelihood of an acquittal will need to be more than 50% in order to be covered by the LEI. However, if you’ve followed advice from your dedicated WorkNest Health & Safety Consultant, there’s no reason why you wouldn’t be covered in this situation. In reality, if we have identified an issue and you’ve taken the corrective action we recommended, you shouldn’t find yourself in this situation in the first place.

Policy and handbook

Whether you’ve got nothing in place or are in need of an expert review, our Health & Safety specialists can provide you with a policy and handbook tailored to your organisation, processes, activities and environment.

Who will the Health & Safety Policy be written by?

Your WorkNest Health & Safety Policy will be written by an experienced Health & Safety Consultant with recognised qualifications and technical expertise. If you take up our core Health & Safety service, this person will become your dedicated consultant for all health and safety matters – meaning the advice you receive will be consistent and based on a genuine understanding of your business. Plus, for any questions or areas of your policy that require specific technical expertise, as well as support from your named consultant, you’ll be able to rely on a nationwide team of experts with vast and diverse specialisms and experience.

What sections will it include?

Your Health & Safety Policy will be based on the principle of plan, do, check, act. It will include a statement of commitment describing how the business is organised to fulfill its legal responsibilities (refined to reflect post holder titles), followed by an arrangements section covering all risk areas that are relevant to the business and how they will be managed ( contractors , fire, first aid, machinery maintenance, lone working , etc.). For each, it will follow a format of “we recognise”, “we will” and “the approach we will take is…”. It will also cover the importance of risk assessment, monitoring and review.

Why choose us?

Experts in Health & Safety

We have the expertise to help you simplify complex health and safety legislation, find workable solutions to health and safety challenges, and protect your organisation from the rising cost of non-compliance. 

  • Approved by a Primary Authority
  • Dedicated specialists with recognised qualifications
  • Genuine hands-on experience of managing risk
  • Cost certainty with our unlimited, fixed-fee model
  • The confidence to act as one of your competent persons

Who you’ll be working with

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Director of Legal Services

Colleague Spotlight

Laura Chalkley

Head of Team

Hussain Kayani

Principal Employment Law Adviser

Alexandra Farmer

Head of Team & Solicitor

Erin Moncur

Employment Solicitor

Toyah Marshall

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Client stories

Gus Hosein Executive Director, Privacy International

WorkNest supports our 280 staff members with Employment Law and Health & Safety and has provided quality management training too.”

Lisa Best Head of Service Delivery, Catalyst Choice

We get a great deal of comfort and satisfaction knowing that we have support as and when we need it, in a decisive and responsive way.”

Richard Berry Group HR Director, Culina Group

We moved our legal support to WorkNest (formerly Law at Work) having previously used a time and line law firm. It was important, though, that an all-inclusive fee structure did not come at the expense of quality. Thankfully we’ve been delighted with the service we’ve received from WorkNest.”

Chief Executive Waverley Care

What we recognised in WorkNest is the background that they have. They are able to supply knowledge and experience in a number of disciplines, which enables us to develop our business in a way that’s safe, to do it on time and with a quality to it.”

Debbie Rainbow Director of Human Resources and Health & Safety, Bluestone National Park Resort

Celia McKeon Chief Executive, The Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust (JRCT) 

As the company started to get larger, we knew we had to protect our employees and our contractors both onsite and in the offices. WorkNest is exactly what we needed to move the company forward.”

Joanne Beaver Operations Director, Beaverfit 

Pineapple have worked with the team at WorkNest (formerly Law at Work) since 2003, and we have built a trusted partnership together. We particularly like WorkNest’s concise and practical advice concerning employment law/HR issues and also appreciate their totally supportive approach in all areas of health and safety.”

General Manager Pineapple Dance Studios

I’ve taken WorkNest into every organisation that I’ve worked with. I’ve introduced them to many teams and many colleagues and referred them with absolute pleasure because I genuinely trust in the service that we get.”

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Get a DSE Assessment for Homeworkers from the UK’s #1 Provider

Workhappy keep your team safe, comfortable, and happy while they work from home.

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More staff are working from home than ever before...

And that makes things complicated. If you have 30 homeworkers, that means you’re responsible for making sure 30 electronic set ups and their working environment is DSE compliant. It gets even more difficult when you need to assess an employee who is in pain or discomfort while working. As an employer or manager you are responsible for conducting home working DSE assessments ensuring that your team is working safely at home .

“As an employer, you have the same health and safety responsibilities for people working at home as for any other worker.” - www.hse.gov.uk

Where to begin? The process of conducting a DSE risk assessment for homeworkers can seem confusing, complex, and time-consuming. But it doesn’t need to be. Start by contacting us and booking in a home-working DSE assessment .

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With the advent of Covid, we had to suddenly adapt to most of our employees working from home. From a DSE and compliance perspective, it seemed an absolute nightmare. We weren't sure how to proceed. Workhappy solved all of our concerns. Using a mixture of their self-assessment, virtual, and in-person services, we were able to keep our team members safe and happy, and reach full compliance quickly and easily. They’re clearly experts at what they do, but they’re also extremely helpful and surprisingly affordable. Thank you!

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Sort out your home-working DSE responsibilities without the hassle

With a Workhappy Home Working Risk Assessments, you can take good care of all your staff while ensuring full compliance with HSE regulations. We know how difficult and stressful home or hybrid working risks and DSE compliance can be. So we’ve set up a process designed to be as simple, speedy, and practical as possible to carry out workstation assessments .

Our DSE risk assessments are thorough and up-to-date, based on the latest government guidance and regulations. That means you’ll be fully compliant. Our home-working DSE assessments ensure your workforce will benefit from the latest advice and research to keep them pain-free while working.

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Which of our home working assessments suits your organisation best?

Online self assessment.

Use the dashboard to easily send invites to everyone who needs one. Anybody who doesn’t complete their training and online self-assessment will receive an automatic email reminder, so you can set it and forget it.

Virtual (Video) Home Assessment

Each employee is automatically given bespoke, customised training on how to set up their workstation to minimise safety and DSE risks based on where and how they work.

In-Person Assessment

Employees then fill out a quick questionnaire that’s intelligently customized to where they work in order to make sure their assessment is specific to their needs, respectful of their time, and doesn’t include any unnecessary filler.

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Why choose a workhappy home working assessment.

We go out of our way to make sure your employees don’t have to. Our workstation risk assessments happen on their schedule, wherever they work, and can be part of a fully managed DSE service .

Full UK Coverage

Wherever your staff are based, we can visit them at home and make sure they’re working safely. Pick a time and place, and we’ll be there for an in person DSE assessment .

Highly Qualified Assessors

Our Workhappy assessors are all Chartered Institute of Ergonomics and Human Factors qualified. They’re knowledgeable, professional - and they’ve each helped thousands of people work more ergonomically.

Top Rated National

We’re the UK’s #1 DSE assessors, with over one hundred 5 star reviews on Google. We’re proud of our track record of helping businesses and individuals work more safely. We go all out to make sure you’re satisfied with our services.

Intuitive Technology

Because we couldn’t find any software that did the job properly, we’ve built our own - that does. Our tech is simple to grasp, easy to use, and designed to give you all the actionable feedback, reporting and advice you need.

Cost Effective

All our home working assessments are reasonably priced. We’re up-front about our charges, with no hidden fees. Don’t worry - we aren’t furniture salesmen, so we won’t try to sell you overpriced chairs or desks.

Tried and Trusted

More than 400 businesses across the UK trust our services. In the past year, 100,000+ home-workers have self assessed, and we carried out 10k+ one-to-one virtual assessments . We’ve also successfully completed more than 10,000 in-person home assessments .

Stay compliant and make sure your team are happy, healthy home workers. Get started now.

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  • Growth and Jobs at Davos 2024: What to know
  • How using genAI to fuse creativity and technology could reshape the way we work

1. Generative AI boosts productivity, unevenly

In 2024, most chief economists surveyed by the Forum believe generative AI will increase productivity and innovation in high-income countries. But for low-income countries, just over a third think this will be the case.

Productivity boosts are expected in knowledge-heavy industries, including IT and digital communications, financial and professional services, medical and healthcare services, retail, manufacturing, engineering and construction, energy and logistics.

These potential benefits are in "sharp contrast with concerns about the risks of automation, job displacement and degradation", says the report.

Almost three-quarters (73%) of chief economists surveyed "do not foresee a net positive impact on employment in low-income economies".

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2. Digital jobs keep growing

By 2030, the number of global digital jobs is expected to rise to around 92 million. These are generally higher-paid roles, according to the Forum's white paper, The Rise of Digital Jobs .

Digital jobs could help to balance skill shortages in higher-income countries, while boosting opportunities for younger workers in lower-income countries: "If managed well, global digital jobs present an opportunity to utilize talent around the world, widening the talent pool available to employers and providing economic growth pathways to countries across the income spectrum."

3. Unemployment levels could rise

The labour market showed resilience in 2023, with employment remaining high, said Gilbert Fossoun Houngbo, Director-General of the International Labour Organization (ILO), in the Davos session ' What to Expect From Labour Markets '.

But he said ILO projections in early January suggested the global unemployment rate could rise from 5.1% to 5.2% in 2024, with an extra two million workers expected to be looking for jobs.

In the US, the jobs market remained stronger than expected for the first month of the year, with more than 350,000 new jobs added. The unemployment rate for January was 3.7%, close to a 50-year low, according to The Guardian .

Houngbo said ILO data shows inequalities persist between low- and high-income countries, while young people are 3.5 times more at risk of being unemployed than the rest of the adult population and "many workers are struggling to pay bills, which is very worrisome".

The impact of AI on jobs was not going to be "an employment apocalypse", but that reskilling, upskilling and lifelong learning would be key to managing the transition to augmentation, he stressed.

4. More pop-up offices

LinkedIn has seen a drop in the number of fully remote job postings, from a peak of 20% in April 2022, to just 8% in December 2023, said co-founder Allen Blue, speaking in a Davos session ' The Role of the Office is Still TBC ' .

But employee interest in taking remote or hybrid jobs remains high, at around 46% of applications.

"The office is going to be in competition with working from home ... that’s a good thing for the office," he said, as management would need to innovate and create a workplace environment that "emphasizes dynamic human interaction".

Young people taking their first job want human connection, so they're more interested in hybrid than remote roles.

Martin Kocher, Austria's Federal Minister of Labour and Economy, said that some Austrian villages are actually paying for pop-up community office spaces, because people don’t want to work from home, and they can make use of other amenities close by.

He predicted the development of more pop-up office spaces away from company headquarters.

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  • From hierarchy to partnership: rethinking the employee/employer relationship in 2024

5. Skills will become even more important

With 23% of jobs expected to change in the next five years, according to the Future of Jobs Report, millions of people will need to move between declining and growing jobs.

Coursera CEO, Jeff Maggioncalda and Denis Machuel, CEO of Adecco Group AG, joined the Davos session ' The Race to Reskill ' to discuss the transferability of skills, and the potential of AI to help with personalized learning and productivity, which also levels the playing field for job opportunities globally.

But the key is in learning how to use AI and digital technologies, as Code.org Founder and CEO, Hadi Partovi, pointed out in the session ' Education Meets AI '.

When people think about job losses due to AI, he said, the risk isn't people losing their jobs to AI: "It's losing their job to somebody else who knows how to use AI. That is going to be a much greater displacement.

"It's not that the worker gets replaced by just a robot or a machine in most cases, especially for desk jobs, it's that some better or more educated worker can do that job because they can be twice as productive or three times as productive.

“The imperative is to teach how AI tools work to every citizen, and especially to our young people."

6. More women enter the workforce

In 2020, the World Bank found that potential gains from closing economic gender gaps could unlock a “gender dividend” of $172 trillion for the global economy.

But the Forum’s Global Gender Gap Report 2023 found that the Economic Participation and Opportunity gap has only closed by just over 60%.

Several sessions at Davos looked at how inclusion could benefit the economy , particularly by helping mothers return to the workforce, which could close skills gaps.

“There are 606 million women of working age in the world who are not working because of their unpaid care responsibilities, compared to 40 million men," Reshma Saujani, Founder and CEO of Moms First, explained in a session on the ‘ Workforce Behind the Workforce ’.

“At Moms First, we're working with over 130 companies in every sector, who are saying, ‘I don't have enough workers’. We are working with them to redesign their childcare packages and increase their subsidies.

“Childcare pays for itself. When you offer childcare to employees, you get higher worker productivity and lower rates of attrition, and greater rates of retention. We have to look at care as an economic issue that world leaders must actually do something about.”

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Treasury publishes 2024 national risk assessments for money laundering, terrorist financing, and proliferation financing.

Reports Confirm and Update Key Illicit Finance Concerns in Response to Evolving Threat and Risk Environment 

WASHINGTON –  Today, the U.S. Department of the Treasury published the 2024 National Risk Assessments on Money Laundering, Terrorist Financing, and Proliferation Financing. These reports highlight the most significant illicit finance threats, vulnerabilities, and risks facing the United States. 

The reports detail recent, significant updates to the U.S. anti-money laundering/counter-financing of terrorism framework and explain changes to the illicit finance risk environment. These include the ongoing fentanyl crisis, foreign and domestic terrorist attacks and related financing, increased potency of ransomware attacks, the growth of professional money laundering, and continued digitization of payments and financial services. These assessments also address how significant threats to global peace and security—such as Russia’s ongoing illegal, unprovoked, and unjustified war in Ukraine and Hamas’s October 7, 2023 terrorist attacks in Israel—have shaped the illicit finance risk environment in the United States.

Today’s publications are the fourth iterations of the money laundering and terrorist financing risk assessment, and the third update of the proliferation financing risk assessment, in less than a decade. The public and private sectors can use these updated risk assessments to better understand the current illicit finance environment and inform their own risk mitigation strategies. 

“Whether it’s terrorism, drug trafficking, Russian aggression, or corruption, illicit finance is the common thread across our nation’s biggest national security threats,” said Under Secretary of the Treasury for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence Brian E. Nelson. “Treasury, through our National Risk Assessments, is at the cutting edge of analyzing the global risk environment to protect the U.S. and international financial systems from abuse by illicit actors. We urge both the public and private sectors to engage with these reports, as well as our forthcoming National Strategy for Combatting Terrorist and Other Illicit Finance.”

Key findings:

  • Money Laundering : Criminals use both traditional and novel money laundering techniques, depending on availability and convenience, to move and conceal illicit proceeds and promote criminal activity that harms Americans. The crimes that generate the largest amount of illicit proceeds laundered in or through the United States remain fraud, drug trafficking, cybercrime, human trafficking and human smuggling, and corruption. The United States continues to face both persistent and emerging money laundering risks related to: (1) the misuse of legal entities; (2) the lack of transparency in certain real estate transactions; (3) the lack of comprehensive AML/CFT coverage for certain sectors, particularly investment advisers; (4) complicit merchants and professionals that misuse their positions or businesses; and (5) pockets of weaknesses in compliance or supervision at some regulated U.S. financial institutions. 
  • Terrorist Financing : The United States continues to face a wide range of terrorist financing threats and actors, both foreign and domestic. Consistent with the 2022 risk assessment, the most common financial connections between individuals in the United States and foreign terrorist groups entail individuals directly soliciting funds for or attempting to send funds to foreign terrorist groups utilizing cash, registered money services businesses, or in some cases, virtual assets. The 2024 report also discusses Hamas and the ways they exploit the international financial system, including through solicitation of funds from witting and unwitting donors worldwide. Additionally, domestic violent extremist movements have proliferated in recent years, posing an elevated threat to the United States and continued challenges for law enforcement.
  • Proliferation Financing : Russia and the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) presented heightened risk since the 2022 assessment. To support its unlawful war in Ukraine, Russia has expanded efforts to illegally acquire U.S.-origin goods with military applications using a variety of obfuscation techniques, such as the use of front companies and transshipment points around the world. Networks linked to the DPRK increasingly exploit the digital economy, including through hacking of virtual asset service providers and the overseas deployment of fraudulent information technology workers.

Treasury’s Office of Terrorist Financing and Financial Crimes led the assessment process and coordinated closely with offices and bureaus across the Department, relevant law enforcement and regulatory agencies, staff of the federal functional regulators, and across the intelligence and diplomatic communities.

In the coming weeks, Treasury will release the 2024 National Strategy for Combatting Terrorist and Other Illicit Finance, a strategic plan directly informed by the analysis contained in the risk assessments. In the strategy, Treasury will share recommendations for addressing the highlighted issues. This valuable feedback has aided Treasury in assessing and addressing illicit finance risk identified in prior iterations of the strategy to support improvements to the AML/CFT regime, including the launching of the new beneficial ownership reporting requirement that went into effect on January 1, 2024, and informing forthcoming proposed rules to address illicit finance vulnerabilities in the residential real estate sector and for certain investment advisers.

The 2024 National Money Laundering Risk Assessment

The 2024 National Terrorist Financing Risk Assessment

The 2024 National Proliferation Financing Risk Assessment

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  1. Managing home workers' health and safety

    2. Risk assessment You must make sure your risk assessment covers home workers. It is important to keep a balanced and proportionate approach for home workers. In most cases you do not need...

  2. PDF Home Working Risk Assessment

    risk assessment will: identify hazards (a hazard is anything that may cause harm); decide who might be harmed and how; assess the risks (a risk is the chance, great or small, that someone will be harmed by a hazard) and take appropriate action to remove them or reduce (control) them as far as possible; record the findings; and

  3. Home working

    Risk assessment Include home workers in your risk assessment Stress and mental health Manage the risks of stress from working at home Using computers and laptops safely at home Ensure home...

  4. Risk assessments

    Risk assessments By law, employers must conduct a 'suitable and sufficient' risk assessment of their employees' working environment. If an employer is not able to carry out a full risk assessment, they should provide their employees with information on working safely at home.

  5. Risk Assessment for Working From Home

    This article is designed to help you assess the risks of working from home, so you can identify the support and equipment you might need. Want to Learn More? Our Health & Safety Training for Home Workers is CPD accredited and takes approximately 2-3 hours to complete.

  6. How To Carry Out a Home Working Risk Assessment

    A home worker risk assessment will check that flammable materials (e.g. paper) and ignition sources such as cigarettes are carefully controlled. Anyone working from home also needs to have a working and regularly checked fire alarm/smoke detector and a fire escape plan in place.

  7. PDF Home working guidance

    10. Home working checklist Use this checklist to identify any possible hazards in your home working area. Once completed, this checklist can be used in discussion with your line manager to confirm working arrangements and help you complete a risk assessment. Employee: Home workplace location: üor X Comments A: Working environment 1.

  8. Risk assessment for homeworking during COVID-19

    A homeworking risk assessment must be completed if you continue to work from home for at least 3 days a week for an indefinite period of time. On this page COVID-19 adaptations Roles and responsibilities Homeworking risk assessment Homeworker's responsibility Line manager's responsibility

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  10. The importance of working from home risk assessments

    Adam Clarke 4th December 2021. 25% of employees working from home experience loneliness and isolation while being away from colleagues. The impact of working from home can affect mental health and as an employer, it's worth considering the benefits of working from home risk assessments.. Working from home can bring a number of benefits, both to the employee and the business; whether this is ...

  11. Managing health and safety for employees working from home

    Homeworking risk assessment. Before an employee can begin working from home, you must perform a risk assessment. This will prevent and control potential risks to your employees, and make sure you are meeting all the health and safety requirements.

  12. Working From Home Risk Assessment

    A working from home risk assessment template can help employers control safety measures for their staff who work from home regularly. When an employer is working at home, consider a working from home risk assessment checklist: How do you keep regular communication? What tasks will be set from them? And for how long?

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    Does the accommodation used for home working have a smoke alarm? Has the home worker identified what they will do in the event of a fire? (They should plan their escape route and what they would do if the route was unavailable do to fire/smoke, e.g. having to tools to break double-glazed windows etc.)

  14. Home working policy and risk assessment pack for employers

    A Risk assessment which can be completed by the employee and includes questions assessing technology, data security & confidentiality and additional information for higher risk cases, for example expectant mothers. Carrying out initial and periodic risk assessments for homeworking fits well into this the comprehensive plan

  15. PDF Homeworking and Health & Safety FAQ

    There should be an organisational risk assessment in place for homeworking. What are our liabilities for those working with computers? Any employee who uses a computer - commonly referred to as Display Screen Equipment (DSE) or a Visual Display Unit (VDU) - for one continuous hour or more per day, every day, is deemed to be a DSE 'user'.

  16. Homeworking Risk Assessments

    Homeworking Risk Assessments. Mar 31, 2020. Working from home has now become the new normal for many of us and businesses who didn't even have a homeworking policy in place this time last month, have now had to implement one, where possible, in order to practice social distancing without compromising the productivity of the business. ...

  17. Homeworking among healthcare workers during the COVID-19 pandemic

    Throughout the pandemic, OH was critical in conducting comprehensive COVID-19 risk assessments for vulnerable workers and advising on risk reduction to ensure HCWs were protected and patient safety approaches were optimized, whilst simultaneously delivering high-level strategic leadership, and support at an organisational level [24, 25].

  18. Home working

    What you must do Like any worker, you must take care of your own health and safety and that of others who may be harmed by your actions while you are working. You must cooperate with your...

  19. Online Homeworking Health & Safety Assessment Tool

    A Homeworking Assessment (or a Homeworking Risk Assessment) helps those who work from home identify and assess risks associated with their workstation and the nature of homeworking. Risk assessments are a basic legal requirement and should be carried out for every employee, not just homeworkers.

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    Homeworking risk assessment template. rradar has a template homeworking assessment that you can download and adapt to suit your business' needs. Download file Interested in having access to more resources like this? Our online knowledge library - rradarstation, gives users instant access to thousands of verified and up-to-date articles ...

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    Homeworking Risk Assessment Template. Download now. Meaningful risk assessment tailored to you. With the HSE more rigorously pursuing enforcement action against those found to be in material breach of health and safety law, ensuring risk is appropriately managed is crucial to avoiding significant financial penalties and damage to your reputation.

  22. Homeworker DSE Assessment

    Sort out your home-working DSE responsibilities without the hassle. With a Workhappy Home Working Risk Assessments, you can take good care of all your staff while ensuring full compliance with HSE regulations. We know how difficult and stressful home or hybrid working risks and DSE compliance can be.

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  24. 6 work and workplace trends to watch in 2024

    Digital jobs could help to balance skill shortages in higher-income countries, while boosting opportunities for younger workers in lower-income countries: "If managed well, global digital jobs present an opportunity to utilize talent around the world, widening the talent pool available to employers and providing economic growth pathways to countries across the income spectrum."

  25. Treasury Publishes 2024 National Risk Assessments for Money Laundering

    Reports Confirm and Update Key Illicit Finance Concerns in Response to Evolving Threat and Risk Environment WASHINGTON - Today, the U.S. Department of the Treasury published the 2024 National Risk Assessments on Money Laundering, Terrorist Financing, and Proliferation Financing. These reports highlight the most significant illicit finance threats, vulnerabilities, and risks facing the United ...

  26. PDF Vermont Manufactured Home Communities Flood Risk Assessment

    The focused assessment of flood risk characterized 70 MHC locations. At these MHCs, there was a total of 2,060 residential structures, 103 residential sites without a structure, and 61 locations labeled as development sites. A further analysis of flood risk at each of the 167

  27. Managing home workers' health and safety

    4. Using computers and laptops safely at home. You must protect your workers from health and safety risks from working on a computer or laptop (display screen equipment or DSE) at home. You should check to see if the DSE regulations apply to your workers. Where the regulations do apply, you should carry out a DSE assessment for individual workers.

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