Coronavirus (COVID-19) has undeniably changed the working style these days. As a result of the increasing threat, a growing number of companies are organising for their staff to work at home (Known as Teleworking) as a proactive measure or reactive measure for those who are being required to self-isolate themselves for fourteen days.
Teleworking refers to all forms of work outside of the office, including non-traditional work environments, such as those referred to as “telecommuting”, “flexible workplace”, “remote work” and “virtual work” environments.
While there are many advantages of Teleworking, employers should be aware of the associated risks and their duty of care. As the employee’s home is considered as their workplace, employers might be liable if any work-related safety incident occurs on the employees while they are working at home. In addition to the OHS risks, other aspects of business risks such as IT and telecommunication, HR, working time and training, Physical Security, etc. should be taken into consideration by the employers.
A need for assessing the risks of Teleworking arises, and a Gap Assessment framework is necessary to protect the business against any new risks.
We offer a Face-to-face or Virtual Workplace Risk Assessment service through our exclusive checklist and comprehensive report. We also provide our Teleworking Self-Assessment package if you are interested in conducting the assessment internally or ask your employees to perform the self-assessment and self-declaration. Our exclusive checklist includes more than 90 items to be checked out on various aspects such as Workstation, General Work Environment, Emergency Preparedness, Information Security, Physical Security, Telecommunication and Network, Human Resource, Awareness and Training. Here are more details on our services: