Working from home or working at the kitchen table.

It is not yet widely known that a home workplace is also the responsibility of the employer. This is liable for any consequences of a workplace that is not ergonomically sound.

An employer can arrange a number of things to limit the risks.

Workplace layout

Making good furniture and advice available to the employee and possibly checking the workplace.
For example, it is possible to provide the employee with a checklist that includes all ergonomic aspects of the workplace. If this list has been completed and signed by the employee, this can help to prevent problems and limit any liability.


Making good agreements, such as recording a duty to report when problems arise and documenting how they are dealt with in procedures.
Often complaints start a bit vague "sometimes my back aches" and action is taken too late. The longer it takes before something is done about it, the greater the chance that the symptoms will become chronic and the rehabilitation will take a very long time.
A reporting obligation can prevent this.

How to deal with heath problems.

A home office is different from a normal office workplace. Problems with dry air or insufficient ventilation will occur less frequently. Poor lighting and poor furniture is more common at home workplaces. Working from home combined with caring for children can also cause stress situations that do not occur in an office.
Who checks the home workplace.

Checking a home workplace is of course difficult, not everyone is waiting for the occupational health and safety service to come home. Now that working from home is becoming more and more normal, that can become easier. The occupational health and safety service does have more experience with office workplaces, so it may be useful to seek advice from an ergonomist.