Two new estimates have been developed to measure the impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic;
- 93,000 workers self-reported catching COVID-19 at work; 52,000 of these worked in the human health and social work sector
- 645,000 workers reported that their work-related illness was caused or made worse by the coronavirus pandemic; 70 per cent of these were cases of stress, depression or anxiety.
According to a report published by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), an estimated 555,000 workers sustained non-fatal injuries in 2018.
Workplace health and safety hazards can be costly – to lives and the bottom line – but the good news is that they are largely preventable if you take the right precautions.
There is a long list of things to think about and it all starts with a risk assessment and review.
The HSE home working guidance is for anyone who employs home workers, including those who split their time between their workplace and home (also known as hybrid working).
It has been redesigned and expanded to provide more detail on straightforward actions to manage home workers’ health and safety and includes the risks of stress and poor mental health as well as working with display screen equipment (DSE).