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  • Address of remote work location

  • Risk Assessment Conducted on

  • Prepared by

Risk Assessment p1/5

Designated Work Area

  • I have identified a designated work area identified which provides sufficient clear space to enable the me to have full range of movement required to work without risk of strain or injury. (Please upload a photo or diagram of your working area which includes desk layout, power outlets, telephone and lighting)

Risk Assessment p2/5

Environmental Conditions

  • Lighting is adequate for the tasks being performed (i.e. easy to see and comfortable on the eyes)

  • Glare and reflection can be controlled

  • The area is free from trip hazards (e.g. cabling, mats, clutter)

  • Ventilation and room temperature can be controlled, regardless of season (i.e. I feel comfortable with the room temperature and air flow)

  • There is no excessive noise affecting the work area

  • My work area is a non-smoking environment

  • There are appropriate amenities (e.g. kitchen, bathroom)

  • Stairs contain a continuous hand rail from top to bottom

  • Path to the exit is reasonably direct

  • Path to the exit is sufficiently wide and free of obstructions or trip hazards to allow unimpeded passage

Risk Assessment p3/5


  • Security is sufficient to prevent unauthorised entry by intruders

  • Important files and laptops kept locked away securely when not in use

  • Materials and equipment are stored in a secure place that can be protected from damage and misuse

Electrical Safety

  • Electrical equipment is free from any obvious external damage

  • Connectors, plugs and outlet sockets are in a safe condition

  • Electrical cords are safely stowed

  • Power outlets are not overloaded with double adapters and power boards

  • Earth leakage circuit protection is in place for work related equipment

Risk Assessment p4/5

Set up and ergonomics

  • Work Surface

  • The area of the work surface is adequate for the tasks to be performed (i.e. similar work space to that used if you were in an office)

  • The most frequently used items are within easy reach from the seated position

  • There are no sharp contact points on the workstation or other equipment

  • A document holder is used if transcribing information from hard copy to computer or if referring to reference material for prolonged periods

  • Chair

  • The seat height, seat tilt, angle and back rest are all adjustable

  • The chair has a 5-point base to ensure stability (does not slip or roll) on the floor

  • There is adequate lumbar support and padding

  • The chair height is adjusted so that feet are flat on the floor and knees are bent at right angles with thighs parallel to the floor

  • The seat pan tilt is adjusted so that hips and tops of thighs are at right angles or slightly greater

  • The seat back is adjusted to support the lumbar curve of the lower back

  • Chair arms are not present or are low enough to easily clear the desk

  • Desk

  • The desk is at a suitable height

  • There is adequate leg room under the desk, and no clutter

  • A footrest is available if needed

  • Keyboard and Mouse

  • Keyboard to user distance allows user to relax shoulders with elbows close to the body

  • Keyboard position is flat and in front of the screen

  • Mouse is placed directly next to the keyboard, fits hand comfortably and works freely

  • Mouse is at same level as the keyboard

  • Monitor

  • Monitor height is adjusted so top of the screen is level with or at slightly lower height than eye level (approx. 400mm above the work surface)

  • Monitor is approx. arm’s length from user

  • Monitor is positioned to avoid glare, i.e. perpendicular to window or other strong light source

  • Laptop

  • A laptop stand is used to raise the laptop screen such that it is the same height as the user’s eyes

  • An external keyboard and mouse is used with the laptop

Nature of Tasks

  • Physical Demands of Tasks

  • Safe posture is adopted

  • Any lifting, pushing or carrying type task is well within physical capacity (i.e. my work does not involve physically heavy, overly repetitious or demanding tasks)

  • Work Practices

  • Wrists are kept straight and not supported on surface while typing

  • Sitting posture is upright or slightly reclined, with lower back supported

  • The telephone is within easy reach from the seated position

  • Long periods of continuous activity are broken by performing other tasks, changing position, standing up and stretching

  • A procedure has been established to periodically confirm with the office workplace that the remote worker is safe and well

  • Telephone or other communication devices are readily available to allow effective communication in an emergency situation

Risk Assessment p5/5

Emergency procedures, incidents and check-in

  • Emergency contact numbers and details are known, i.e. 000 for fire, ambulance or police

  • Access to first aid supplies is available

  • A smoke detector is installed in/near the designated work area and is properly maintained

  • I know how to report safety incidents that occur in a remote working environment.

Risk Assessment Complete

  • Thank you for completing the Remote Working Risk Assessment. Your responses will be forwarded to our WHS team for review. They will be in contact with you should any follow-up actions be required. If you have any questions or queries, please contact them at safety@montu.com.au

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