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Dene Mitchell


Health & Safety for remote workers

With the rise of remote work following the pandemic, many employees now enjoy the flexibility to work from their homes. While remote work offers numerous advantages, it also brings unique health and safety considerations that need to be addressed. Employers have the same responsibilities to remote and home workers (including hybrid) as they do to all other workers. In this article, we explore a few of the key areas of concern for remote workers, including ergonomics, mental wellbeing, cybersecurity, and maintaining a healthy work-life balance.


Remote workers often spend long hours at their computers, which can lead to musculoskeletal issues if proper ergonomics are not considered. To ensure a healthy posture and minimize the risk of injuries, remote workers should carry out a Display Screen Equipment Assessment which will recommend any required adjustments that may include:

  • Using an ergonomic chair that promotes proper alignment.
  • Positioning the monitor at eye level and maintain a comfortable distance.
  • Using a separate keyboard and mouse to avoid strain on wrists.
  • Taking regular breaks to stretch and move around to prevent stiffness.

Mental well-being:

Working remotely can impact mental well-being due to isolation, blurred work-life boundaries, and increased reliance on digital communication. Employers should give their remote workers guidance and support such as:

  • Setting clear boundaries between work and personal time to prevent burnout.
  • Scheduling regular check-in calls with adequate time so workers can share any concerns.
  • Maintaining regular social interactions with their teams and the wider company through video calls or virtual team activities.
  • Flagging available occupational support regularly
  • Encouraging engaging in stress-reducing activities like exercise, meditation, or hobbies.
  • Having workers complete regular stress risk assessments

Working environment:

Remote workers should also conduct regular checks of their home working environment to ensure safety and prevent accidents. Some important considerations include:

  • Accident prevention: Ensure that the workspace is free from hazards such as loose cables, clutter, or slippery floors. Keep walkways clear and use proper lighting to prevent accidents.
  • Lone working: Remote workers should inform someone about their working hours and location, especially if they are working alone.
  • Electrical safety: Visually inspect electrical equipment and outlets for any signs of damage or wear. Use surge protectors and avoid overloading sockets. If in doubt, consult a qualified electrician to assess the safety of the home office setup.

Maintaining a healthy work-life balance:

Remote work can blur the boundaries between work and personal life, leading to longer working hours and increased stress. To maintain a healthy work-life balance, employers should provide advice and guidance to help their workers, such as:

  • Establish a consistent work schedule and stick to it.
  • Communicate boundaries and availability with colleagues and clients.
  • Prioritise self-care and leisure activities to avoid work-related burnout. This can include encouraging workers to use their annual leave throughout the year.

As employers continue to reflect on the various hybrid and remote options they offer their workers, it is crucial to address the health and safety considerations that come with each. By paying attention, supporting your remote workforce by providing resources, training, and regular check-ins you can help ensure the health and safety of your employees.

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