Working at Home – DSE Requirements

Has that temporary work at home now become long-term or permanent?

Employers have the same health and safety responsibilities for employees working from home as for any other employees, including the duty not to charge for things done or provided pursuant to their specific requirements. If you have staff working at home, you must still manage the risks to their health from display screen equipment (DSE).

Temporary home working

There is no increased risk from DSE work for those working at home temporarily. So in this situation employers do not need to ask them to carry out home workstation assessments.
During any period of temporary home working, employers need to regularly discuss these arrangements with their employees. If such work is adversely affecting the health, safety and welfare of employees, you should take appropriate steps.

However, employers should provide workers with advice on completing their own basic assessment at home. There are some simple steps people can take to reduce the risks from display screen work:

· breaking up long spells of DSE work with rest breaks (at least 5 minutes every hour) or changes in activity

· avoiding awkward, static postures by regularly changing position

· getting up and moving or doing stretching exercises

· avoiding eye fatigue by changing focus or blinking from time to time

Long-term home working

Where employers decide to make working from home arrangements permanent, they should explain how to carry out full workstation assessments and provide workers with appropriate equipment and advice on control measures.