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Remote Worker Assessments: Supporting Health & Safety During COVID-19 Restrictions

Mar. 31 2020

With current guidelines for non-essential workers to work from home to prevent the spread of COVID-19, it is more difficult for organisations to assess the safety and suitability of workstations including display equipment. However, employers retain a duty of care to ensure that, so far as is reasonably practicable, the health, safety and welfare of employees are protected.

To support our clients in meeting that duty of care, Bureau Veritas has developed a comprehensive Remote Worker Assessment, available via video link from a member of our renowned health and safety team.

Prepared in line with the Health & Safety Executive’s own Display Screen Equipment (DSE) workstation assessment, but adjusted to take a pragmatic approach to home working, our assessment covers display screen, mouse, keyboard, furniture and working environment, including lighting and heating. It also considers mental wellbeing, taking into account additional pressures faced by remote workers during the coronavirus pandemic.

Support from a trusted H&S partner

Lee Perry, Health, Safety & Fire Consultancy Lead, for Bureau Veritas, said: “This is a new service which reflects the changing requirements of our clients during the coronavirus pandemic.

“Employers are used to undertaking assessments of their employees’ workstations on-site, but we can now offer complete peace of mind over employee safety for those working from home.

“Specialists from the Bureau Veritas health and safety team are already working with clients, undertaking individual assessments with applicable workers via video link before providing a comprehensive report which highlights simple and straightforward amendments that can be made to minimise risk of injury or ill-health.

“At a time when many organisations inevitably have a long list of challenges to overcome, our experts can take ownership of this vital task to help clients maintain compliance with workplace health and safety law and demonstrate commitment to employee wellbeing.”