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Course contents

This training course is broken down into 6 sections

  1. 1 Slips, Trips, and Falls
  2. 2 Your Workspace
  3. 3 DSE & Manual Handling
  4. 4 Fire & Electrical Safety
  5. 5 Safety Responsibilities & Procedures
  6. 6 Mental Health
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A man sat at his desk with socks on
SECTION 1

Slips, Trips, and Falls are some of the most common causes of accidents at work. The measures taken, clothes worn and activities might vary from home. In this section, we will look at the common causes of slips, trips and falls at home and what can be done to help prevent accidents in your home.

A woman sat at her desk from her homeworking station
SECTION 2

There are things to consider that are incredibly important when you’re at home, but users might not think of in a shared workspace. In this section we'll help users think about creating boundaries to separate their home and work life, finding the right workspace and creating a productive workstation, and creating strategies to avoid, or address, loneliness and isolation. 

Homeworker moving dangerous substances out of a box as part of our health and safety training for homeworkers
SECTION 3

In our third section, we will consider the effects that manual handling and DSE can take on your body and the differences between working in a workplace to working at home when using DSE. Staff will learn about their posture, setting up their home workstation, lighting, glare and manual handling in the home to help significantly reduce the chances of any accidents occurring.

Various homeworking spaces
SECTION 4

Fire is a hazard that can quickly cause considerable harm. In this section, we'll look at the risk that fire can pose in the home. We'll look at things in employees' homes that are potential fuel sources, the importance of smoke alarms, evacuation in case of a fire and ensuring electrical equipment is being used correctly and not damaged.

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SECTION 5

Employers are responsible for staff's health and safety when they work from home and whilst they carry out work-related activities. Employees also have a duty to follow their employer’s safety policies and procedures. In this fifth section, we'll look at what employers should consider for their homeworkers. This includes buddy systems, check-ins, preparing for emergencies, risk assessments, visitors to the home & more.

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SECTION 6

In this final section, we will look at employees' mental health as they work from home. Users will learn about the importance of a healthy work/life balance and how to create boundaries between the two. The three boundaries we look at are physical, mental, and social. Staff will also learn about the risk of loneliness and isolation and what they can do to maintain connections and avoid loneliness.

About this course

This Health and Safety Training for Homeworkers programme has been designed to provide a good grounding in general health and safety.

It's for anyone who works at home, whether it's all of the time or some of the time.

It looks at important areas of safety, INCLUDING (and MUCH MORE):

  • Avoiding slips, trips and falls
  • Fire safety awareness
  • Promoting good manual handling the home
  • Improving posture when using DSE Equipment 
  • Using electrical equipment safely
  • Setting up a workstation with comfort and good posture in mind to avoid injuries
  • Risk assessments (Homeworking Assessment Tool also included)

Other areas covered are home security, mental health, reporting accidents, personal safety, and the importance of maintaining a good work/life balance.

"Between 3 and 14 November 2021, around two-thirds (67%) of working adults in Great Britain reported travelling to work at some point in the past seven days. 3 in 10 working adults (30%) reported working from home at some point in the past seven days" (ONS). Our Health and Safety Training for Homeworkers makes sure that both employees and employers understand their responsibilities.

This eLearning course only provides awareness education. Face-to-face training would be needed in addition in order to complete all-round skills and knowledge to be able to carry this forward practically in your organisation. 

Includes an online Homeworking Assessment

Our Homeworking Health & Safety Assessment Tool helps simplify Health & Safety for homeworkers and provides a complete online management tool for quick and easy issue resolution. With our training and assessment tool, working towards compliance is simple!

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The importance of Health and Safety Training for Homeworkers

It’s important that you comply with the law and understand the positive impact this training course can have on your organisation and employees.

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Homeworker's Health & Safety certificate

Download and print

Each of our courses ends with a multiple choice test to measure your knowledge of the material.

This Health and Safety Training for Homeworkers course concludes with a 20 question multiple choice test with a printable certificate. In addition, brief in-course questions guide the user through the sections of the training and are designed to reinforce learning and ensure maximum user engagement throughout.

As well as printable user certificates, training progress and results are all stored centrally in your LMS (Learning Management System) and can be accessed any time to reprint certificates, check and set pass marks and act as proof of a commitment to ongoing legal compliance.

What does my certificate include?

Your Health and Safety Training for Homeworkers Certificate includes your name, company name (if applicable), name of course taken, pass percentage, date of completion, expiry date and stamps of approval or accreditations by recognised authorities.

Please note if you are using our course content via SCORM in a third party LMS then we are unable to provide certificates and you will need to generate these in your host LMS yourself.

Health & Safety for Homeworkers Certificate

1,468 real user reviews

4.6 out of 5
Simple to follow & understand
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Well presented & organised into bite size segments dealing with relevant matters.

interesting, it makes sense
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thought iwas going mad in lock down, glad to know I wasn't

This is so needed
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This covers all the areas you need to be aware and account for when working from home

ok
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As you say at the start, a lot of the course is common sense but does have a few good pointers. Some of the possible answers in the test at the end made me smile !

To the point and straightforward
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This user gave this course a rating of 5/5 stars

Needs a skip function
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I can read the transcript easily enough, and would happily have done so - but being forced to go through the full actors pace dialogue was irritating, so I just left it on mute and came back every now and again to skip to the next. I understand that it is important for people to hear on their first point of contact with safety training, but having done so very many of them I want the chance to brush up and check my understanding with significantly less time spent. Happy to have been wrong on one question - I disagree with the spacing of the fire alarm question, although I'm sure it's legally correct - but having had smoke alarms much too close to window fittings in a rental house once, I answer 1m out of a desire to see change.Great acting and good tools otherwise - perhaps the pass mark should be 100%? Thanks

A good course
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a good course, gave me all the information I needed, just long enoughThanks Em

very useful
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Careers Wales have been very supportive through out the lockdown. when I was suffering with backpain because my personal desk was too low they provided me with a new suitable desk within few days of order. The course made me aware of the importance of posture and organising your desk appropriately to avoid any strains or injuries.

Why is this training important?

Compliance

It's important that you comply with the law and know the ways in which it affects you and the way you work.

The Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 

Although homeworkers do not travel to a fixed place of work, The Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 must be applied to homeworkers to ensure their safety. 

The Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 

The Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations or MHSWR requires employers to carry out risk assessments of a homeworkers environment, this should identify any risks and allow the employer to control them. 

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