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Challenges for Workplace Risk Assessment in Home Offices—Results from a Qualitative Descriptive Study on Working Life during the First Wave of the COVID-19 Pandemic in Latvia

Institute of Occupational Safety and Environmental Health, Rīga Stradiņš University, Dzirciema 16, LV-1007 Riga, Latvia
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2021, 18(20), 10876; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph182010876
Received: 31 August 2021 / Revised: 13 October 2021 / Accepted: 14 October 2021 / Published: 16 October 2021
Epidemiological restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic have raised legal and practical questions related to the provision of workplace risk assessment in home offices of teleworkers. The objective of this qualitative study was to analyze practical experience of employers and occupational safety and health experts performing workplace risk assessment in Latvia during the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic. Our findings suggest that employers have not sufficiently implemented their legal obligations related to workplace risk assessment which can result in an increased number of physical and mental health problems of teleworkers in the short term and in the future. Work from home has shown how different working conditions can be for the same type of work (office work); therefore, the promotion of personalized workplace risk assessment should be encouraged. Even if virtual workplace visits using photos and videos are not the traditional way the workplace risk assessment should be done, it is effective; workers who report that their employers assessed their working conditions report fewer health effects. The experience of workers in participation in workplace risk assessment for telework might change the level and role of worker participation in the management of health and safety hazards at work in general. View Full-Text
Keywords: telework; distance work; occupational safety; occupational health; workplace risk assessment; risk assessment methods; home assessment; home office telework; distance work; occupational safety; occupational health; workplace risk assessment; risk assessment methods; home assessment; home office
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Matisāne, L.; Paegle, L.; Akūlova, L.; Vanadziņš, I. Challenges for Workplace Risk Assessment in Home Offices—Results from a Qualitative Descriptive Study on Working Life during the First Wave of the COVID-19 Pandemic in Latvia. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2021, 18, 10876. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph182010876

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Matisāne L, Paegle L, Akūlova L, Vanadziņš I. Challenges for Workplace Risk Assessment in Home Offices—Results from a Qualitative Descriptive Study on Working Life during the First Wave of the COVID-19 Pandemic in Latvia. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2021; 18(20):10876. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph182010876

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Matisāne, Linda, Linda Paegle, Lāsma Akūlova, and Ivars Vanadziņš. 2021. "Challenges for Workplace Risk Assessment in Home Offices—Results from a Qualitative Descriptive Study on Working Life during the First Wave of the COVID-19 Pandemic in Latvia" International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 18, no. 20: 10876. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph182010876

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