Covered in this Course

The Health and Safety Training for Homeworkers course is broken down into 4 sections.

1) Responsibilities and Legal Requirements

Who is responsible for the safety of people who work at home? Here we answer this question, looking at health and safety policies, risk assessments and the importance of good communication between employer and employee.

Health and Safety Myth: Responsibility is entirely down to the employee if they are working from home. 

Although much of the responsibility is down to the employee, employers have legal obligations to fulfill. 

Image of employer and employee to highlight that both parties have responsibilities

2) Hazards and Risks

Here we look at common hazards. We consider the need for basic housekeeping to avoid slips, trips and falls and good awareness to avoid dangers such as fire and electrical hazards. There's a step-by-step guide to good lifting technique. We explain how to set up your chair for good posture - particularly to support your back and how to maintain this good posture when typing. 

Other risks for homeworkers include: 

  • Working with VDUs
  • Not taking breaks
  • Working in isolation
  • Risks to other family members
Section 2 of our Health and Safety training for homeworkers looks at common hazards

3) Working at Home

There are some aspects of working at home that will be similar to working on-site and some which will be totally different. This section considers any special provisions which may be needed. We consider how stress and working alone may affect a person and the importance of maintaining a good home-work balance.

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

4) Safety and Emergency Procedures

Here we look at what to do if things go WRONG, including reporting an accident, first aid and making an emergency call.

Homeworker looking very distressed - In section 4 we look at what to do when things go wrong

Health & Safety for Homeworkers Certificate

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

This Health and Safety Training -  Basics & Essentials course concludes with a 10 question multiple choice test with a printable certificate. In addition, brief in-course questionnaires 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 certificate include?

Your Health & Safety for Homeworkers Certificate includes your namecompany name (if applicable), name of course takenpass percentagecompletion dateexpiry date and all relevant approvals.

Health & Safety for Homeworkers Certificate

Real User Reviews


Based on 16 real user reviews.

3.88 out of 5
Convenient and simple to use

Easy to follow examples, and having the transcript meant I could run through it more quickly than just watching the slides

Easy to understand

No summary provided

Appropriate,beneficial, informative

No summary provided


A bit long winded

Comprehensive and informative

This course covers the whole range of homeworking issues, and provides simple instructions advice and guidance. The only weakness is that it doesn't really go into the risk assessment process, which is rather more complex than the brief glance at a generic document. That said, I speak from a H&S practitioner's viewpoint, so I am more likely to pick up such minor issues.

Easy to use but over long and too basic

I think this course could be made shorter. It could do with a summary page with key facts• Responsibilities • Legal requirements of homeworker and employer • Most common causes of accidentsAnd refer to DSE which is covered elsewhere rather than including it here.In summary I think it’s a bit long and unnecessarily basic.

good course

I've not done this course before and found it very helpful

This was a very comprehensive course.

This course was very informative, easy to understand and very well explained. The language was very clearly understood both in terms of clarity of pitch and clarity of meaning. It is a totally useful course for all workers. I would definitely encourage other workers to undertake it both for interest sake and personal safety and protection.

Read our full reviews for Health and Safety Training for Homeworkers.

Legislation relating to homeworkers health and safety

It's important that you comply with the law and know the ways in which it affects you and the way you work. Take a look at relevant legislation below.

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.