Personal Safety for Home Workers

A home worker is a lone worker

Home workers are owed exactly the same duty of care as an employee working in an office, or out in the community. This is confirmed by the Health and Safety Executive [1], who also state that anyone employing home workers should consider:

  • How to keep in touch
  • What work activity is being carried out, and for how long
  • Can the work be done safely
  • Are control measures required to protect the worker

In recent times home working has increased massively over the course of the Covid 19 pandemic, and a significant number of workers remain in the position of their home being their main place of work, as a continuing theme of 2021.

In fact a January 2021 study by the Institution of Environmental Sciences (IES) [2] cites that under three percent of UK employees worked exclusively at home prior to the pandemic, increasing by a factor of ten by April 2020. Whilst our route back towards normality means that number is decreasing, home working will remain a a necessary consideration for employers.

Employers can also be confident that home working is no barrier to productivity, with the same IES study reporting that nine out of ten workers surveyed reported getting at least as much done, if not more, across a typical working day.

But home workers, particularly those that also live alone, can be at an increased risk of isolation and thus suffering a detrimental effect on their wellbeing.

A SoloProtect personal safety solution can help an employer deliver comprehensive safety for a home worker, but also drive information back to SoloProtect Insights to help a manager understand a user's working status and help drive regular social touch-points within a team.

With a range of devices to choose from, and scalable functionality to suit the needs of your employer, see our solutions for more information, or book a no obligation, solution demo.

[1] HSE - Protect Home Workers
[2] Working from Home under COVID-19 lockdown: Transitions and Tensions

 

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