Working from Home Safety Checklist

Use the Working from Home Safety Checklist to create a secure, comfortable, and ergonomic workspace, ensuring a safe and productive remote work environment.​

Working from Home Safety Checklist



Work Environment

1. Are the illumination level and location of lighting fixtures suited to the activity? Is the lighting level sufficient for visual tasks without eye strain?


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2. Do natural and artificial light sources not create glare via reflection on the computer screen or working surface?


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3. Are there sufficient levels of ventilation and thermal comfort available?


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4. Are the location, height, and other physical characteristics of the furniture and computers suited to the tasks, like exit routes and the direction of the light source?


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5. Are the walkways free from clutter and potential trip hazards, including trailing electrical cords?


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6. Is the flooring in good condition without any damage, such as uneven tiles or pulled-up carpet?


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7. Is there appropriate storage available for documents and books in the workspace?


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8. Is the equipment issued by the organization tested and tagged by the IT area whenever possible?


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9. Are power outlets free from overloading with double adapters and power boards?


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10. Is the workstation correctly set up?


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Communication

1. Is there a reasonable communication strategy between one and the manager? (for example, call in or email morning and/or evening if and when appropriate at night).


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2. Is the manager informed of any changes that may impact the health and safety of another worker, such as acquiring a new pet, renovations, or moving house?


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3. Is it the responsibility of the manager or supervisor to document the agreed-upon communication strategy with the worker or team?


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Work Practices

1. Are breaks taken every 30 minutes while using the keyboard and standing and stretching at least once per hour?


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2. Are wrists kept upright while typing, ensuring they are not supported on any surface?


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3. Is it advised to maintain an upright or slightly reclined sitting posture with a slight hollow in the lower back?


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4. Is it suggested to use a hand to hold the telephone receiver or wear a headset instead of cradling the phone?


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5. Are long periods of continuous computer use broken up by incorporating other tasks, such as writing or stretching?


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Physical Activity

1. Are breaks taken to prevent the continuation of repetitive actions for extended periods?


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2. Do breaks include stretching, changing of posture, and possibly alternating activities?


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3. Do you have a comfortable posture during tasks?


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4. Are any lifting, pushing, or carrying tasks within the physical capacity done well?


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5. Is the use of trolleys or other mechanisms encouraged for moving heavy and awkward items?


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Mental Health

1. Are workstations and communicated boundaries around work hours set up with partners, children, and/or housemates?


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2. Are regular meetings with the manager, team, and clients scheduled, to maintain ongoing contact and foster positive working relationships?


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3. Is staying connected and updated on work matters through phone, email, and/or online platforms, such as video conferencing and instant messaging encouraged?


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4. Are outdoor spaces used for breaks and are exercise or other activities part of a working day?


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5. Are potential distractions and implemented strategies identified to minimize them, such as separating the workstation from the rest of the house?


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6. Is playing music or listening to the radio recommended to create a harmonious working environment?


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Checklist by GoAudits.com – Please note that this checklist is intended as an example. We do not guarantee compliance with the laws applicable to your territory or industry. You should seek professional advice to determine how this checklist should be adapted to your workplace or jurisdiction.

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