Health and safety matters
The Trust must look after the health, wellbeing and safety of all our staff; there are additional requirements where individuals are working remotely. Any reasonable adjustments for staff with disabilities or health conditions covered under the Equality Act 2010 must also be applied to homeworking where appropriate.
At the start of the pandemic it might not have been possible for the CUH risk assessments related to home working to have been completed. For those currently working at home or for any new arrangements, managers and employees should ensure the following risk assessments are in place:
- Display screen equipment (DSE) risk assessment form – incorrect or poorly setup DSE equipment (i.e. PCs, laptops, tablets and smartphones) can lead to ill health, including visual discomfort, headaches and musculoskeletal pain/discomfort. In order to reduce these risks, please ensure that you have completed a DSE risk assessment for your home workstation that will provide guidance on what is needed.
If these have not already been undertaken please do access the forms, complete and discuss with your line manager.
Your health and safety – key areas of focus:
Information leaflets are available on Connect and provide information on:
Further information on safe working and ergonomics is available here.
Remote/home working and Covid-19 learning on DOT – Please follow this link to view a short (3 minute) video to summarise everyone’s responsibilities in relation to Information Governance including GDPR & Cyber Security and Health & Safety whilst working remotely. Staff are asked to access this, complete the relevant risk assessment forms and send them to their manager to confirm they understand the requirements to observe these important aspects in relation to working from home.
Fire safety – important matters
Do not forget about basic fire safety in your home. With the extra use of heating, ovens, electrical equipment and devices whilst working from home, the potential for house fires will increase. Some simple steps you can take to take to protect you, your family and your home are:
- Check that smoke detectors/fire alarms work
- Carry out regular visual checks on electrical equipment for any damage or faults
- Do not overload plug sockets
- Turn off or unplug equipment when not in use
- Do not use or buy counterfeit or incorrect chargers for tablets, laptops or mobile phones (should be CE marked)
- Do not “daisy-chain” – plugging multiple extension leads together or plugging many multi-socket adaptors into a single socket.
- Conduct regular safety checks
Please continue to report all work-related incidents that occur at your home via the Trust’s incident reporting system (QSIS).