Health, safety and wellbeing when working from home


Employers are responsible for their employees' health, safety and wellbeing – both when they are in the workplace and when they work remotely (including working from home).

Employees also have responsibilities.

Employer responsibilities

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has advice for employers.

Find out about employers' responsibilities from the HSE

Employee responsibilities

Employees have a responsibility to take reasonable care of their own health and safety at work.

Anyone who works from home should keep in regular contact with their manager. They should also tell their manager about:

  • any physical or mental health and safety risks
  • any working arrangements that need to change – for example, because of caring responsibilities

Employees and managers should communicate regularly and work together to find solutions.

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

There might be a need for ongoing changes to working arrangements during the COVID-19 pandemic. For example, because of changes to government rules or employees' circumstances.

Find out more about going to the workplace during COVID-19

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