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DSE Risk Assessments for the Homeworker

Home Working Risk Assessment

Would you benefit from a homeworker risk assessment?


Advances in technology and networking have led to more and more people working away from the office and, although much of the work carried out at home is often of a low-risk type, the employer still needs to take overall responsibility for the health, safety and welfare of a homeworking employee.

The Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations (MHSWR) requires employers to carry out a risk assessment of the homeworking environment in order to identify any health and safety risks that may affect the homeworker or others and then take steps to control, reduce or eliminate them. In this regard, it may be necessary for the employer to visit the homes of workers to carry out a risk assessment, although it most cases this can be done with the cooperation of the homeworker.

Quality Assessors You Can Trust


All of our DSE Risk Assessors have extensive knowledge of both human anatomy and ergonomics. You can be confident that your DSE users will receive a quality risk assessment alongside sound advice on how to help avoid becoming injured or unwell as a result of using their DSE equipment incorrectly.

We DO NOT sell DSE accessories, furniture or chairs. Our assessments are presented to you with no ulterior motives or ‘must have’ shopping lists.

We also offer other health and safety risk assessments to help you with regulations

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Your Employer Responsibilities To Your Homeworkers


Homeworking is a term which covers a variety of working patterns including office based roles where the employee spends all or part of their working week working from home.  Advances in IT have led to more and more people working away from the office and although remote working has many advantages, it also has its own health and safety issues which need to be considered.

As an employer with staff working from home, you will need to make sure there are policies and procedures in place to ensure their health and well-being. Employees need to be aware of the correct procedures for reporting work-related accidents and health and safety concerns.

You should consider risks associated with using a workstation as well as considering the overall environment and issues of working alone such as stress. Our home working DSE risk assessments will take all these factors into consideration and advise your staff how to carry out their own risk assessments in the future.

The course confirmed what I should be doing and explained each topic clearly. The practical session was good and the feedback very helpful.

— Rood Lane

Homeworking DSE Risk Assessment : Overview


We can attend your workplace at home and carry out a detailed DSE Risk Assessment at the workstation. Lasting around between 30 and 45 minutes, the assessment will identify and remedy any existing conditions or possible ailments that arise from working at the workstation.

The assessment looks at the whole working environment and the workstation itself, ventilation, noise, lighting and more. Comfort levels are assessed along with the suitability of the equipment being used and any hazards or risks that need to be remedied are noted. If necessary and possible, the Assessor will make any adjustments there and then such as setting the chair to the correct height in order to improve comfort levels and safe use.

The report which follows the home worker risk assessment will include a summary of points and actions than need to be taken. It may also include a list of recommendations for equipment and accessories to help minimise any discomfort. We will also advise employees on how they can improve their comfort levels whilst working and decrease any discomfort they may experience.

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We Also Provide Other Risk Assessments

Standard DSE Assessments

Every employee working regularly at a workstation should have one of these. Lasting around 20 minutes, the Assessor will  assess the workstation to make sure it is set up correctly and to identify any risks.

Advanced DSE Assessments

These are one to one sessions and take between forty five minutes to an hour with the employee and are mainly for those with musculoskeletal injuries such as back pain, neck pain or a Work Related Upper Limb Disorder (WRULD).  We will address both the employee’s ailment and their posture, and ergonomic items and assistive technology may be recommended.

Maternity DSE Assessments

These take about 45 minutes per person and include a report with recommendations on what should be done over the two trimester periods whilst at work.

Clinical DSE Assessments

A clinical DSE Assessment carried out by one of our highly trained clinicians may be suitable for a user who:

  • Has a long history of medical intervention.
  • Has a severe disability or impairment.
  • Needs specialist equipment.
  • Has a complex/multiple condition(s).

Assistive Technology Workstation Assessments

These are for workers with varying disability levels.  We match the person’s disability to the best assistive technology.  Each evaluation is based on the individual’s needs and may include augmentative communication, mobility, environmental control or computer access.

Fire Risk Assessments

From 1st October 2016, The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 has required that the Responsible Person in any non domestic premises carries out a fire risk assessment to reduce or eliminate the risk of fire and to identify persons at risk.

Online DSE Self Assessments

Our very popular and easy to use online DSE Self Assessment solutions are designed to save time and money when there are many workstations and/or they are geographically spread making a traditional assessment too costly.
Our DSE Self Assessment software is designed to allow your staff to simply click on a link (sent by e mail) and complete a 15-20 minute DSE Course and subsequent DSE Assessment module. This allows HQ to manage the Assessments nationwide from a desktop.  Call 0370 118 8000 to arrange your free trial.

Call 0370 118 8000 today to book your homeworking assessment 

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