Working from Home, Work Health & Safety Checklist 2020

The following guidance and checklist provide a WHS risk assessment when working from home for computer-based activities. The employee must complete the checklist prior to commencing work from home.  If safety issues are found, they must work with their manager to resolve.

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 Work Environment 




A communications procedure has been established to ensure regular contact between both the employee and manager and other team members as relevant.



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



Emergency contact numbers and details are known

i.e. 000 Ambulance, Fire or Police



Employee knows who to report any work-related injury, accident or illness






Power outlets are not overloaded with double adapters and excessive power boards.



Any power boards used have individual isolating switches on them



Earth leakage circuit and surge protection is in place for work related equipment




Electrical cords can be safely stowed and/or tided together.



Electrical equipment is free from any obvious external damage - no visible loose wires etc



Connectors, plugs and outlet sockets are in safe working order with no loose wires or fittings



Electrical Equipment used for work is properly tagged and tested



  Emergency Exit  



The path from the work area to an outside exit is reasonably direct



The path from the work area to the nearest outside exit is free of obstructions or trip hazards to allow unimpeded passage.



  Environmental Conditions  



Lighting is adequate for the tasks being performed.



Glare and reflection can be controlled



The floor of the work area is level and there is limited use of mats/rugs



Ventilation and room temperature can be controlled, regardless of season



There is no excessive noise affecting the work area



Walkways are clear of clutter and trip hazards such as trailing electrical cords



The work area is segregated from other hazards in the home - ie hot cooking surfaces in the kitchen



The work area and surrounds are a Non-Smoking Environment



  Safety Equipment & Security Checklist  



The work area contains a first aid kit



A smoke detector is installed in/near the work area and is working



Security is sufficient to prevent unauthorised entry (there is a lock on the door)



Company documents and information can be secured safely (ie a lockable cabinet)



Company documents and information can be disposed of securely.




 Workstation Set Up 

  Work Surface  



There is adequate leg space under the workstation or table



A footrest is available if needed



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



From the seated position, the most frequently used items are within easy reach



  Keyboard & Mouse  



Keyboard position is flat



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



Mouse is placed directly next to the keyboard



Mouse is at the same level as the keyboard






Monitor and keyboard are placed directly and symmetrically in front of user.



Monitor is positioned to avoid glare



Viewing distance is between 350mm - 750mm



Monitor height is adjusted so that the top of the screen is at or slightly lower than eye level (may need to be lower where bifocals are used).




 Nature of Tasks 

  Physical Demands of Tasks  



Safe posture is adopted



Any lifting, pushing or carrying type task is well within physical capacity



  Work Practices 



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



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



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



Repetitive actions are not continued for long periods without appropriate breaks.   Breaks should be taken after every 30mins of keyboarding, including standing at least once per hour.




 Other Factors 

  Individual Factors  



Arrangements are in place for a person(s) other than the employee to care for persons dependent on the employee during the employee’s ordinary hours of duty



The employee’s fitness and health is suitable to the tasks to be undertaken



Any special needs to ensure health and safety has been advised to your manager.



A process is in place for the prompt reporting of incidents, hazards or near misses.