As per section 8 and 13 of the OHSA Act no 85 of 1993: “Every employer shall provide and maintain, as far as is reasonably practicable, a working environment that is safe and without risk to the health and safety of his employees.”
Should employees be required to perform work related activities in home based / remote office environment(s), those environments are not excluded from the statutory requirements of the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA Act no 85 of 1993)
Compliance to the statutory requirements of the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA Act no 85 of 1993) should ensure a safe remote / home based office environment for the employee, similar to the employee’s working office environment in a conventional corporate business office. Employers have a duty of care for all their workers and need to, insofar as it is reasonably practicable, provide a working environment that is safe and without risks to physical and mental health
The employer’s responsibilities in its capacity as an employer are described in the OHSA Act no 85 of 1993, and specific references are made to “reasonably practicable”, which is described in page 3, Point number 9:
As per section 9 of the OHSA Act no 85 of 1993: “The general duties of employers and self-employed persons other than their employees are:
As per the OHSA Act of 1993, critical areas for review of a home based / remote office environment are:
Employers need to explore and implement alternative plans for workers who have limitations at home or health and safety issues that can have a negative and averse effect when employees work in a home based / remote office environment
There are basically two types of injuries, acute and overuse:
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Occupational Health and Safety Act no 85 of 1993:
Section 8, paragraphs A to J under General duties of employers to their employees
“Every employer shall provide and maintain, as far as is reasonably practicable....