Working from Home Policy

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As a business owner or operator, you do have a legal obligation to your employees to provide a safe and healthy work environment and that includes people working from home. With this comes the responsibility of identifying and reducing (or eliminating where viable) risks and hazards.

Your legal obligation also extends to consulting and providing your employees with information on health and safety matters in the workplace, including their home.

With this in mind, it is recommended that you undertake pre-emptive measures now to best maintain a safe and healthy work environment for your employees working from home. Pre-emptive measures should include:

  • Guidance regarding hygiene requirements e.g. ensure hand washing facilities are well equipped with soap and disposable hand towels, ensure employers are using proper hand-washing techniques and hand sanitisers are placed in high traffic areas.
  • Create or update relevant health and safety policies and procedures.
  • Ensure employees notify management immediately if they have travelled to an affected area since the beginning of 2020 or if they are suffering flu-like symptoms.