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June 11, 2015

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Throwback Thursday: Home working

Home working can benefit both workers and employers, giving flexibility to the workforce and cost savings for businesses. In April 2007, Nick Wilson examined some of the downsides to home working, and what employers can do to better support their remote workers.

Although it can offer a better work/life balance and cut out an unhappy commute, some people can find working at home more stressful than making it into the office every day. Workers can become isolated and feel out of touch with the company and its culture. There can also be hazards in the home that cannot be monitored, causing accidents and ill-health, such as poor seating, repetitive work, using cutting tools and manual handling. Therefore, home workers’ health and safety needs are not always met to the same standards as their office-based colleagues.

Wilson looks at the law at the time and how it applies to home working, and what the employer’s duty is, as well as risk assessments that can be carried out to provide a better home working environment.

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Sleep and Fatigue: Director’s Briefing

Fatigue is common amongst the population, but particularly among those working abnormal hours, and can arise from excessive working time or poorly designed shift patterns. It is also related to workload, in that workers are more easily fatigued if their work is machine-paced, complex or monotonous.

This free director’s briefing contains:

  • Key points;
  • Recommendations for employers;
  • Case law;
  • Legal duties.
Barbour EHS

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