Inspection

Personal Health & Hygiene

Do you have any flu symptoms such as headaches, running nose, sore throat, cough or fever?

Has anyone in your home travelled overseas in the past two weeks?

Do you have hand sanitizer and face masks on hand?

Workspace

How would you describe your home office

During the work day, are you likely to be distracted by others in the home?

Take some photos of your work area

Is there anything that can be done to improve your working from home environment?

Workstation

Do you have a desk or table to work from?

Is your chair set up correctly? Is your lower back supported and are your feet flat on the floor?

Do you have enough surface space on your desk to work comfortably?

Are your keyboard and mouse clean and within easy reach, without having to stretch?

Can you easily reach everything that you need without twisting and straining your upper body?

Display screen

Is your display screen clean and positioned so there is no glare from a window or light?

Is your display screen level with your eyes so it doesn’t cause discomfort to your neck or head?

Fire & Electrical Safety

Do you have an emergency assembly point outside of your home in place in case of fire?

Are your smoke detectors working and checked regularly, e.g. every month?

Do you regularly dispose of waste, including papers, to prevent a build- up of fire ‘fuel’?

Have you checked electrical equipment for spark, signs of damage or deterioration?

Do you switch off equipment when not in use?

Stress & Welfare

Do you sit with a good posture and not hunched over the desk?

Are you able to carry out regular stretches at your desk to avoid stiff or sore muscles?

Do you have easy access to first aid equipment if required?

Do you have a window or long distance view to look at every 15 minutes to give your short sighted muscles a rest?

Slips, trips & fall hazards

Are floor coverings, such as carpets and rugs, secure?

Are walkways and corridors clear of trip hazards?

Is the floor area around your desk clear of boxes, papers and wires?

Lone working

Do you know the name and number of a manager or supervisor who you can get in touch with easily?

Do you have a system for regularly ‘checking in’ with your employer if you are not visibly online each day?

Is your home kept secure whilst you’re working there?

Are important files and laptops kept locked away securely when not in use?

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Please note that this checklist is a hypothetical example and provides basic information only. It is not intended to take the place of, among other things, workplace, health and safety advice; medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment; or other applicable laws. You should also seek your own professional advice to determine if the use of such checklist is permissible in your workplace or jurisdiction.