As an Employer, you have an obligation to ensure that the environment your PAs are working in is as safe as is reasonably possible. If you fail to do this then you could be held responsible for accidents/injuries that occur. We hope this will provide some guidance for ensuring safe working environments by covering a range of potential areas of risk:
Maintenance: make sure the workplace/any equipment are maintained, in working order and in good repair.
Ventilation: make sure enclosed workplaces are ventilated and have enough fresh air.
Temperature: maintain a safe temperature inside the workplace while employees are working.
Lighting: must be provided so far is reasonably practical. Emergency lighting (like flashlights) must be provided where lighting failure/lack would cause danger.
Cleanliness: keep workplaces and furnishings clean.
Space: make sure workrooms have enough floor area, height and unoccupied space to work safely.
As your PA is likely to be working in your home, we ask that you keep in mind that as their workplace is YOUR home, your home is THEIR workplace, which means that Health and Safety legislation for workers will apply while they are working in your home.