Employees who work from home are responsible for maintaining a safe environment in their home offices. In addition to optimizing workstation ergonomics, various other safety factors must be considered. Review the topics below to ensure you are safe from common home office hazards.
Contact EHS if you have questions about working from home safely, or for a consultation about any particular safety topic.
Consider the following general safety issues that may impact your home office work environment.
Slips, trips and falls are the most common cause of workplace injuries, and there are no shortage of tripping hazards in our homes. Falls in the home injure and kill people every year, so check your home for hazards using the information provided below.
Employees who work from home should also be aware of electrical hazards and should take the necessary steps to correct them.
In addition to electrical and other safety issues, employees working from home also need to be aware of what can cause a fire, whether in the office/workspace or other parts of the home.
Lighting is a very important part of safety within the home in general, but particularly within a home workspace. Dark areas can lead to slips, trips and falls, as well as damage to equipment. Lighting fixtures could also cause a fire if the bulb is the incandescent type and is situated close to combustible materials.
Consider the following issues regarding lighting throughout your home, and within your home office.
There are many different types of chemicals in products used in the home, whether those products are cleaning agents, paints, or other items. It is important for employees working from home to recognize that even though certain products are targeted for use in the home, they can still pose hazards if used improperly or if over-exposure occurs.