Where an employee works only one day a week from home is it necessary for the employer to carry out a risk assessment?

Yes. The employer is responsible for the health and safety of the employee, regardless of how frequently he or she works from home. Employers are required to carry out a sufficient risk assessment of all the work activities carried out by their workers under the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 (SI 1999/3242). With regard to homeworkers the employer must identify the hazards that are present in the home, assess the extent of the risks and make decisions on how to manage the risks, so far as is reasonably practicable.

Depending on the nature of the work and the premises, it may be sufficient for the employee to carry out the risk assessment, under the direction of the employer.