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working from home - sewing and ironing
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Working from home - sewing and ironing

Working from home (sewing and ironing)

Failure to ensure that the seemingly minor risks associated with sewing and ironing are reduced to an acceptable level may result in accidents.

Managing the risks

To help you identify the hazards associated with this type of homeworking and some appropriate ways of controlling them, use our example Risk Assessment - Homeworking (Sewing and Ironing). It covers the generic hazards associated with this type of activity and then suggests control measures to reduce the risks to an acceptable level.

You should ensure that your document only addresses “significant” hazards, i.e. any that could, and more importantly are likely to, cause an accident or injury.

Make your instructions clear

Don’t include activities in your document that simply don’t need to be there. Work to the principle that if there is any chance of your staff being unaware of the safe way of doing something, then you will need to make it clear in your document. Finally, always ensure that any control measures you identify and follow only go so far “as is reasonably practicable”.

Note. The list of potential hazards is not exhaustive. For your risk assessment to be considered suitable and sufficient in the eyes of the law it must accurately reflect the “significant” hazards found in your employee’s place of work.

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