Finance, GDPR and Health & Safety Consultant

Health & Safety and GDPR requirement under proposed new Legislation giving Staff “Right to Request Remote Working Bill 2022”.

Under the upcoming new Legislation Employers will be required to give their Staff the opportunity to request remote working.  

Any remote working area is governed under Safety, Health & Welfare at Work Legislation and Employers are required to comply with all the same safety requirements as they would if the employee was working from the Business Premises.  

The pandemic forced businesses to muddle through and, in some cases, ignore Health & Safety.  Under the proposed new Legislation this will no longer be an option and Employers will be required to carry out a full physical assessment of the proposed work location in order to make the decision as to whether the premises is suitable. 

The risk assessment is a two-stage process.  The first step is to ascertain what equipment and additional resources are needed to support the Employee in their remote location.  Once the home office is set up it must be risk assessed in consultation with the employee.

A Risk Assessment must be carried out by a “Competent Person” (someone with sufficient training, experience and knowledge).  It is important to note that employees cannot properly self-assess.  Self-assessment is null and void because “everyone will pass a self-assessment exam”.  

It will also be necessary, under General Data Protection Regulations, to ensure that confidential data cannot be compromised while an employee is working remotely.  A review must be undertaken of the type of information that the employee needs to access, how it is protected and is there sufficient security in the proposed work place.

In order to comply with these requirements I can carry out on site Risk Assessments for both Health & Safety and GDPR.  

I hold a Diploma in Safety, Health & Welfare at Work, I am a Chartered Member of the Institute of Occupational Safety and Health and have in excess of 22 years experience in working in Health & Safety in a variety of workplaces.

I am also a qualified European Certified Data Protection Officer and have experience in auditing and putting Policies & Procedures in place to comply with GDPR legislation.

Patricia Mathews
086 8329157