Technology these days is incredible! Back in the day you would either have to leave your work at the office, and dread the stack of paperwork you left for the morning, stay late and finish it all after closing time or bring a big box of files home with you. But with the invention of portable laptops and smart phones, work is only a few clicks away. Although this can be useful for productivity, it creates some difficult issues with WHS legal requirements.
If the person conducting a business or undertaking (PCBU) is aware of workers taking their tasks home, they can be considered at fault if that worker gets injured. It is the responsibility of the business owner to ensure that all offsite working environments are safe according to the business’ requirements for the tasks which are being completed. If you allow work to be done from home, it may be a good idea to have policies and practices in place that outline the safety requirements, just in case anything were to go wrong, you’ll be covered.