You can mitigate risks by providing employees with the appropriate training and the right equipment for work as well as informing them of your Health and safety policy. You should also keep a detailed log of equipment borrowed since you’re responsible for any equipment supplied.
Where your employees spend a significant amount of time (ie daily use, for an hour or more at a time) on display screen equipment (DSE) (eg PCs, laptops, tablets and smartphones), it’s good practice to provide employees with guidance on the best DSE practices and on the best way to set up their workstations. You should also encourage your employees to take breaks between long spells of screen time and to get up to do some stretching exercises.
You should have procedures in place to keep in touch with your employees about occupational stress, to provide support and guidance and for them to voice their concerns. For example by holding regular meetings through phone calls or video conferences.
Other ways to reduce employees’ occupational stress include:
offering flexible working hours to accommodate for the caring of children and/or unwell family members
adjusting performance targets to reflect the situation on, and
encouraging employees to establish a routine and work structure
It’s important to review your employers’ liability insurance policy to ensure that any accidents or injuries suffered by your employees while working from home are covered. You should also keep a record of the risks assessed, steps taken and where particular steps aren’t taken, the reason behind that.