About this course
There are many benefits to working from home, including reduced travel time, more flexible working patterns, and higher levels of productivity. These benefits have brought remote working to the forefront of working life, with many employees in Northern Ireland now working from home on a permanent basis. However, home working can also present a number of health and safety risks and it's important for employees to know how to protect themselves from injury and ill health when working from home.
The Health and Safety at Work Order (NI) 1978, places certain legal duties on employers and employees to ensure a good standard of health and safety in the workplace. This includes when the employee is working from home.
What is the purpose of this course?
The purpose of this course is to provide all employees in your organisation with an overview of how to protect their physical and mental health whilst home working. Although the employer is primarily responsible for managing health and safety, all employees have a duty to take care of their own health and safety. It is vital that employees understand their responsibilities under health and safety law.
Who needs this Protecting Yourself when Home Working training?
All employees have a duty to take care of their own health and safety. To work productively and effectively, it is vital employees feel safe. This applies when in the office or when working from home. Good health and safety practices are essential to prevent injuries and ill-health from ergonomic and psychological hazards which can result in:
- Mental health difficulties
- Physical ill-health
- Time off work
- Loss of earnings
Topics covered within the course include:
The importance of health and safety when home working
Your responsibilities under health and safety law
How to protect your physical health while home working
How to protect your mental health while home working
How to work together to protect each other
Common household hazards to watch out for