OH&S for freelancers and home-based businesses
Many freelancers or sole traders who work from home-based offices don’t place any importance on having a formal Occupational Health and Safety (OH&S) policy, or even making sure they maintain a safe workplace.
But whether you work in an external office or in a home-based office, it’s important to have a set of OH&S rules and stick to them to make sure you maintain safety in your workplace.
For example, if you are a typist, writer or editor, your OH&S policy might include having:
- an adjustable chair and footrest
- computer screens at the correct height
- good artificial lighting and (where possible) natural light
- rules about regular breaks from work (such as a break every 2 hours)
- an office floor that is clear of obstructions such as leads, cords or bins
- desks/tables that are not overloaded with equipment or overly cluttered
- storage cupboards or shelves that are safe to access
- if you store anything in high cupboards: a step ladder
- if you meet clients in your office: enough space for an extra chair and a direct and safe route from the doorway to the client’s chair
- electricity outlets and power boards that you can use safely. For example: no overloading; no mobile/iphone or other chargers left plugged in; when appliances not in use, switch off at power board switch/wall sockets.
For other ways in which freelancers, sole traders and other people who work from home can stay safe at work, go to: Safety first for scribes and editors.
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