Working from Home: Health & Safety Quiz

October 14, 2020
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Test Your Home Working Health and Safety Knowledge

Home working is when someone carries out work for an employer or when a self-employed person is under a contract and works either wholly or partly from their home. The number of people working from home has increased massively over the last year. This is largely due to the COVID-19 pandemic making home working the safest way for many people to carry out their usual jobs, particularly those who are typically office-based. If you work from home, you are at risk of the hazards that arise in your environment, such as from poor DSE, manual handling and other working conditions. You can test your knowledge on health and safety for home workers by taking our quiz below.


How can you prevent electrical equipment from causing fire accidents in the home?

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Many of us have additional electrical equipment to help us work from home. To prevent electrical equipment from causing fire accidents you should avoid overloading extension sockets with multiple appliances. You must never daisy chain leads.

Who has primary responsibility for ensuring that a display screen equipment (DSE) risk assessment is carried out?

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Employers may designate a competent person to carry out DSE assessments on their behalf, but ultimately they are responsible for ensuring that the assessments are carried out.

To prevent musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs), how should you position your elbows when using a keyboard?

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When using your keyboard, you should have your arms bent at a 90-degree angle with your elbows in a relaxed position at the side of your body. This helps to prevent MSDs.

What is the most common type of workplace accident resulting in a non-fatal injury?

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Slips, trips and falls from the same level are the most common type of workplace accident that result in a non-fatal injury.

What is the most common health risk associated with the manual handling that you may need to carry out, such as to set up your DSE?

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You are most likely to develop MSDs from carrying out manual handling, particularly if you carry loads that are too heavy or awkward. When working from home, you are more likely to be alone, so don’t try to move more than you are able to.

What would be the ideal working space in a home environment?

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A good working space in a home environment would be somewhere that is light and spacious, where there is enough room for the employee to comfortably work and move around, and without the distraction of anyone else present.

In which of the following circumstances would you be considered a home worker?

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You are considered a home worker if you work from home on a regular basis, such as every day or fortnightly.

As an employee who is working from home, what are you responsible for?

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Employees are responsible for following all health and safety instructions and training that they have been given by their employer when working from home.

Working from Home: Health & Safety Quiz
Want to learn more about the health and safety hazards in your home and how to manage risks effectively? Take a look at our Health & Safety for Homeworkers Training.

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