Human Resources

Remote working.

Any work which takes place off campus should be considered to be remote working for the purposes of health and safety legislation and thus the information within these web pages therefore applies.  Remote working therefore includes:

  • Working from home (home working)

  • Working from another site (tele working)

  • Working whilst mobile e.g. from a vehicle (agile working)

The University owes the same duty of care to its employees regardless of where they work and consequently all employees owe the same duty of care to themselves and others as they would if they were working on campus.  As such, any remote working should be the subject of a risk assessment taking into account any exposure to hazards and other factors likely to increase the risk e.g. lone working, personal safety, transport safety.  Incidents which take place remotely are still required to be reported as they would have done had they occurred on campus.  

Working from home

You could be working from home because:  

  • It is your permanent place of work

  • It is part of your normal work pattern as agreed with your line manager

  • It is useful occasionally to complete a project or task.

Workstation assessments are a key aspect of home working because computer based work is the most common activity undertaken.  A poor workstation set up can result in:

  • Physical musculoskeletal disorders

  • Visual tiredness and fatique

  • Mental stress

Anyone who works from home on a planned, regular basis (however infrequently) should complete a 'workstation self-assessment for remote working'.