The purpose of this Home Working Health and Safety Policy & Procedures is to ensure that there are adequate systems in place for the health, safety and welfare of home workers in order to reduce the risks of home working as far as is reasonably possible and practicable.
The Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 is the primary piece of legislation covering work-related health and safety in the United Kingdom. This Home Working Health and Safety Policy & Procedures is specifically drawn for the home workers. It is the legal obligation of the organisation to provide the equivalent level of health and safety standards to home workers as available to office workers. The organisation must give the equal importance to the health and safety of the office and home workers.
It is the responsibility of the organisation to undertake a risk assessment of the home-worker’s activities and working environment. It is also the responsibility of the organisation to provide safe working equipments to homeworkers.
Every employer has a legal responsibility to protect the health and safety of their staff and others - such as customers and members of the public - who may be affected by their work activities. This Home Working Health and Safety Policy & Procedures is a unique document that defines who does what, when and how they do it.
All employers must conduct a risk assessment; however, only employers employing five or more employees must have a written health and safety policy and have to record the significant findings of their risk assessment.
Employers employing less than five people are not legally required to have a written Health and Safety Policy and an official record of what the Risk Assessment finds. However, they still must conduct a Risk Assessment.
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