MITIGATION OF RISK – ‘SAFE AS HOUSES’ STAFF
The core mission of ‘Safe as Houses’ is to help organisations reduce their financial and reputational risk exposure in the area of Work Health and Safety (WHS) as a result of having full- or part-time staff and contractors working from a remote (home) location rather than the organisation’s regular business premises.
In turn, this mission is predicated upon the fact that by operating a remote workforce in any manner, the organisation concerned has ipso facto assumed legal and financial liabilities related to the WHS implications of the remote workspace that the organisation may have little or no knowledge of, or ability to control.
This creates a potentially significant – and unquantified – risk both financially and reputationally – to the organization concerned.
‘Safe as Houses’ exists to mitigate this unquantified and potentially significant exposure, by undertaking an independent audit of the WHS risks of remote workspaces and identifying if and where potential liabilities may exist, as well as recommending and monitoring corrective actions to ensure risks are managed and minimized effectively.
Engaging ‘Safe as Houses’ to inspect and report on the WHS risks related to remote work environments is the equivalent to a skydiver wearing a parachute … for much of the time, it could be considered a cost or burden until it is needed. Then it becomes a priceless lifesaver.
‘SAFE AS HOUSES’ WORKING FROM HOME COMPLIANCE REPORT
The core service ‘Safe as Houses’ provides is a specific, tailored, and independent review and report on behalf of organisations related to the WHS compliance of staff employed or contracted staff who are working from remote (home) locations, both part- and full-time.
The ‘Safe as Houses’ working from home compliance report assumes the legal obligations that an organization has to ensure the remotely operating individual are subject to WHS requirements in an equivalent and reasonable manner to individuals engaged in the normal business workspace.
EMPLOYING ENTITY WORKING FROM HOME COMPLIANCE OBLIGATIONS
While Australian State regulations may differ in detail, the overarching principle is common – i.e. the employing entity carries the same obligations toward WHS compliance for a remote employee (e.g. working from home) that would apply in the case the individual was operating out of the organisation’s business premises.
THE CORE SERVICE OF ‘SAFE AS HOUSES’
The core service of ‘Safe as Houses’ is to provide a bespoke and individualized site inspection and report into the WHS compliance of a specific remote work location (typically a working from home situation).
We don’t cut corners; we don’t offer the short-cut of a ‘DIY’ solution or opportunity for the remote worker to complete a checklist in order to self-assess their compliance position. We believe these are completely inadequate solutions to an issue that requires a specialist, individually implemented inspection, report, and related follow-up activity before an organization can have confidence they have adequately identified and eliminated their risks.
Our core service, therefore, is the on-site inspection of a remote worksite (home) by a qualified and trained professional; the production of a report and images that document the inspection; the identification and prioritization (if required) of corrective action; and the monitoring and assessment of corrective actions that may be taken.
ANCILLARY SERVICES OF ‘SAFE AS HOUSES’
We realise that not all circumstances are the same, and built upon our core service of individual WHS compliance inspections and reports we offer a range of flexible options, which include
Advice relating to the urgency of; prioritization of; and indicative costs/options of recommended corrective actions (if any)
Assistance with the implementation of identified corrective actions
Assistance with geographically remote or offshore location obligations
Specific and individualized consulting and recommendations for non-typical or complex remote working situations