Date: March 2020
This checklist is to evaluate and take corrective actions in the home work space. Note: additional hazards may be present in any given situation.
- Floors are clear and free of hazards.
- Work area is reasonably quiet and free of distractions.
- Electrical cords are secured under desk, along the wall, away from feet and heat sources.
- Temperature, ventilation and lighting are adequate.
- First-aid supplies are readily available.
- Where appropriate, the home has been tested for radon.
- Carbon monoxide detector is in an appropriate location.
- Walkways, aisles and doorways are unobstructed.
- Exits are accessible and kept unobstructed.
- Working smoke detector is located near designated work space.
- Charged fire extinguisher is accessible from designated work space.
- Work space is kept free of trash clutter and flammable liquids.
- Radiators and portable heaters are located at least three feet away from combustible items.
- Computer equipment is connected to a surge protector.
- Electrical system is adequate for office equipment and circuits not overloaded.
- Electrical panels are readily accessible in the event a breaker needs to be reached.
- All electrical plugs, cords, outlets and panels are in good condition, no exposed/damaged wiring.
- Extension cords and powers strips are not daisy chained and no permanent extension cords are in use.
- Electrical cords run in nontraffic areas, do not run under rugs and are not nailed or stapled in place.
- Equipment is turned off when not in use.
- Office furniture and equipment is set up to fit employee ergonomically.
- Chair is sturdy and adjustable with backrest and casters appropriate for floor surface.
- Monitor is at arm’s length or comfortable distance from eyes, and top of screen is slightly below eye level.
- Forearms are parallel to the floor and wrists are straight.
- Feet reach the floor when seated or fully supported by a foot rest.
- Back is adequately supported by backrest.
- Computer screen is free from noticeable glare and positioned to a height where neck and head are neutral.
- Paper and electronic data are secure. WiFi should be password protected.
- Private data and nonpublic data are destroyed in a secure manner, e.g., shredding appropriately.
- Materials and equipment are in a secure place that can be protected from damage or misuse.
- There is an inventory of all equipment in the office, including serial numbers when possible.
- Firewalls and virus protection are up to date on computer equipment.
- Use encryption where appropriate and always communicate with the member supplied e-mail system.
- Ensure there is coverage for member equipment at the employee’s home, especially confirming that electronic data processing (EDP) equipment (e.g., computer, printer, monitor) is included on the EDP inventory.