In the unprecedented COVID-19 situation, more employees are working from home than ever. Working from home can present OH&S risks. As an employer, you have a legal obligation to ensure the health and safety of your employees whilst they are working, even if it is from their home. Employers may be liable to compensate employees for injuries that occur in the “course of employment”, even if these injuries occur at home.
We have put together a Working from Home Checklist which contains a list of items which employers should consider and require employees to implement to ensure that their home is a safe workplace and to minimise your liability. It can be sent directly to your employees, or be used as a basis for you to tailor a checklist for your employees.
Be mindful and sensitive that there are a number of religious holidays that will fall during the work from home period. Consider speaking with relevant employees to determine whether any special arrangements may be required or whether you wish to acknowledge these holiday periods (for example in April there is Easter, Passover, Bengali New Year and Theravada to name a few).
If you are concerned about your particular type of business or work, and would like some guidance as to potential risks, please do not hesitate to contact us at or give us a call on 1300 033 934 for a no-obligation quote.