In connection with remote work, the employee’s contribution to ensuring the quality of the work environment is particularly important because the employer does not have the right to inspect working conditions in the employee’s home. In dialogue with the employee, the employer (perhaps with the assistance of the work environment group) must ensure that the employee’s remote work is planned and organised so as to ensure safe and healthy working conditions.
In relation to home workstations, working in front of a computer is a particular focus of concern, as this is the most common form of remote work.
If the employee works from home to a lesser extent, the occupational health and safety legislation does not set out requirements regarding the layout/design of the home workstation pursuant to the ministerial order on computer work stations.
If the employee works in front of a computer at home to such an extent that conditions are governed by the computer workstation ministerial order, cf. above, the following rules apply:
As a rule, the employer bears any costs related to the required furnishings and equipment for the home workstation and for transporting the equipment to the employee’s home. The employee may already posses the equipment and furnishings necessary for the performance of remote work in a safe and healthy manner. However, it may be necessary for the employer to supplement the employee’s equipment and furnishings.
If the employee does not work remotely to the extent that their working conditions are governed by the special rules regarding working in front of a computer, and the employee wishes to work from home, the employer may require as a condition for remote work that the employee already has the required furnishings and equipment at home or that the employee transports the required furnishings and equipment to and from the permanent workstation.
Height-adjustable desks are not required.
A good chair makes it possible to adjust the tilt and depth of the seat and to adjust the seat and backrest separately.
More information is available under Indoor climate and ergonomics.
In connection with work performed on a computer, the location of the monitor and artificial light sources must be coordinated so as to ensure adequate lighting while preventing irritating glare and reflections on the monitor.
In connection with the establishment of home workstations, it must be agreed locally in the local occupational health and safety committees how to establish a home workstation in the best possible way. At the same time, it must also be agreed how the home workstations should be included in the unit’s occupational health and safety initiatives in the future.
Subsequently, the agreement should be regularly taken up for review and evaluation.