Remote Workplace Safety - April 14, 2021
Even before the pandemic hit, the popularity of remote working has increased each year. When it comes to the safety and health of remote employees, what do employers need to look at? The OSH Act requires employers to provide a place of employment that is free from recognized serious hazards, and to comply with OSHA standards and regulations (Sections 4 and 5 of the OSH Act).
All employers, including those who have entered "work at home" agreements with employees, are responsible for complying with the OSH Act, and with safety and health standards.
While employees may be in a home office or set up at their dining room table, certain types of work at home can still be hazardous. Common examples include the use of chemicals, tools/equipment, fire concerns electrical work, ergonomic concerns, and slips/trips/fall hazards.
We'll take a look at the following:
Employer responsibilities for remote employees
OSHA inspections for remote workplaces and recordkeeping policies
Safety at home vs. work
OSHA's coverage over domestic household tasks
Common safety and health hazards found at home
Hazard identification, correction, and prevention