Pre pandemic, the Health and Safety Executive advice was clear: employers did not need to ask employees working from home temporarily to carry out home workstation assessments. However, with millions of employees suddenly required to work from home – on sofas, dining room tables or even their beds – and many feeling isolated, the situation is now very different and the HSE has issued new guidelines.

As an employer, you have the same health and safety responsibilities for home workers as for any others and when someone is working from home, you need to consider how your employees:

  1. Have set up their workspaces to facilitate use of Display Screen Equipment (DSE);
  2. Are coping in situations of lone working – or the opposite, with families or flatmates all sharing the same space;
  3. Are dealing with stress and mental health issues.

Although many people are gearing up to return to the office, some form of hybrid working is here to stay and you need to train your people on the use of equipment and setting up their workstations safely, both at home and in the office. Keeping in contact with your employees is key but in terms of training, the simplest way to discharge your legal duties – and empower your employees to take control of their own health and safety – is online DSE and homeworking training.

At Trivium London, we assist our HR clients by giving them access to our online training platform, which includes a suite of interactive training tools, including those required to fulfil your DSE assessment obligations.