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Working At Home = Safety Risk?

BY Lee Craig
Health & Safety

We read with interest this month the views of an occupational diseases’ legal expert.  He suggested that employers must provide extra care for employees that work from home, or there will be an increase number of musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs).

The modern workplace includes working from home and it’s a practice encouraged by many employers. Employees have in addition to work in an agile manner, e.g. using laptops in locations like train stations and coffee shops.

It is predicted that by 2020 half of the UK’s workforce will work from home, according to the Office for National Statistics, potentially leading to an increase of claims for MSDs, due to poor working conditions in employees’ homes. Greater care is required by employers that their workers are not harming themselves, using laptops and viewing display screens in sub-optimal conditions.

1.4 million workers are suffering from work-related ill health. MSDs represent 41% of all employment ill health cases with 156,000 new cases reported last year.

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