1. Overview

UK government advice is that, from 13 December, people in England who can work from home should do so. Anyone who cannot work from home should continue to go to the workplace.

There is separate guidance for those who live in Scotland and Wales.

HSE has guidance on talking with your workers during the COVID-19 pandemic.

As an employer, you have the same health and safety responsibilities for people working at home as for any other worker.

This guidance applies to those who:

  • work at home long term
  • routinely split their time between their workplace and home (sometimes called hybrid working)
  • are working at home temporarily due to COVID-19 restrictions

Most of the time, risks to home workers will be low and the actions you should take to protect them will be straightforward.

Things you should consider as part of your risk assessment for home workers include:

You should talk to your workers about their arrangements, as working from home may not be suitable for everyone. For example, some people may not have an appropriate place to work or may prefer to come into the workplace for wellbeing, mental health or other reasons.

We have advice for home workers themselves.

Updated 2021-12-16