The Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) Act defines the workplace as any place where a person performs work for the employer.
Employers therefore have a legal obligation, as far as reasonably practicable, to ensure the home office is safe. The same requirements apply to the home working environment as to the formal office space.
If an employee is injured at work, regardless of whether work is in an office or at home, they may be entitled to compensation. This becomes complex in the working from home scenario because it is difficult to define which parts of the home are considered “work”.
A working from home policy needs to be developed, defining a scope of boundaries with requirements for safe, working environment.