My work agreed at the end of August to let me work from home 2 days a week and it has been a god send as I can get up at 8 instead of 6 and avoid commuting they now want to come and do an assessment (which I know is for insurance purposes) and I am nervous - can anyone in the know advise me what they will be checking so I can make sure my desk etc will be approved! thanks so much!
They will be coming because, legally, they have to do a risk assessment on the working conditions of pregnant women. They will therefore be looking at all the desk stuff (if a dining chair is more comfortable, don't change it, but explain the specific reason you are using it).
They will also want to look for other hazards to your health - e.g. are there trailing flexs from lights, etc across the floor? Do you have to reach at awkward angles to get files from a shelf?
MrsMcJnr - I tink everyone's right about what they'll check. Your work sound very considerate doing this! Who will come round your house though? I'd hate it if my HR lady came round - i'd have to hoover
( foolishly replied to this on the antenatal thread, but copying here...)
MrsMc,in theory, the assessment checks all the obvious stuff like screen height, keyboard height etc. As far as I know, your employers are obliged to provide you with the correct kit for home working if they have approved you doing it - in other words, they should give you (or provide budget for) a decent chair, light and anything else the assessment says you need. Otherwise if you end up doing damage to your back when working from home for them, they may be liable for damages. Might be worth having a chat with whoever is doing the assessment (sometimes contracted 3rd parties), as they make the recommendations back to the office..
Thanks Beansprout but unfortunatley this HR manager has it in for me already and I think she is trying to make my life difficult by saying my home working arrangements are not suitable and that I have to work full time in the office hence the desire for it all to be ok! She complained to my manager about me 3 weeks ago saying that I appeared "unable to go to anything" because I missed a coffee session with new starts for my 20 week scan. My manager pointed out my rights to her and requested that she watch her behaviour but she's a mean old cow basically.
There's a link here to the hse VDU assessment leaflet - should give you the information you need.
If your company are being difficult I would borrow an office chair. Someone said earlier that the company have to provide you with the equipment, but they can get out of having to do this by either saying you can't work from home or (as HSE do - I work for them!) saying you're working AT home and are not HOMEBASED.
I've got some working from home guidelines, but they are on my work computer. I could fire it up tonight and e-mail them to you so you can at least see what my company states is necessary - obviously not the same company, but it is a big global company, so should be getting things right!!! When i was pg with DD, they let me work from home, but as we were moving so far away from head office, noone actually even came to check my working environment out - but they did say they should have done!.
As long as they are not coming around today, once DD is asleep I'll get them for you.