Working conditions law for working from home

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Netherlands Chamber of Commerce, KVK
Netherlands Chamber of Commerce, KVK

You must ensure that your employees can work healthily and safely. Also when they (partly) work from home. That is why the Working Conditions Act (Arbowet) contains rules for employees who work from home.

Ensure a good workplace at home

As an employer, you have a duty of care. This means, among other things, that you must provide a good and safe home workplace for your employees. You must do this as far as it is reasonable and can be expected of you. For example, by reimbursing or lending resources for the workplace. Such as a good office chair or extra computer screen(s).

Discuss with your employees what they need to prevent (physical) complaints.

Ergonomically sound

Your employees' home workplace must be ergonomically sound (in Dutch). This means that tools are designed so that your employees can work in a safe and healthy way. And that the characteristics of human beings were taken into account. Consider, for example, an ergonomic mouse, good lighting, a good desk chair, or a special keyboard.

Provide information about the risks

You must educate your employees who work from home about how they can do their work safely and healthily. For example, about the layout of the home workplace or about good posture while working. You should also inform them about the risks they face when working from home. Such as the risk of muscle and joint complaints (RSI) or work stress. Also, explain the rules for computer work (in Dutch).

Your employee is also responsible for a healthy and safe home working environment. For example, by using the resources you provide.

Include working from home in your RI&E

The risk inventory and evaluation (RI&E) is the basis for your mandatory health and safety policy. Here you describe the health and safety risks your employees may face. In a plan of approach, you describe which measures you take to counter these risks as much as possible.

Take working from home into account in your RI&E. This may pose different risks than when your employees work in the office. Such as the mental pressure that employees can experience by combining work and other obligations at home. So, you should also consider drawing up a policy against psychosocial workload.

Read more about the RI&E.

What is in an RI&E? Watch the video

Checking the RI&E

If you do not have a (full) RI&E and plan of approach, the Netherlands Labour Authority (Nederlandse Arbeidsinspectie, NLA) can enforce this. For example, with a fine.

Would you like to check if your working conditions policy is in order? Then use the NLA's health and safety self-inspection tool (only available in Dutch)

Questions relating to this article?

Please contact the Netherlands Chamber of Commerce, KVK