Safety Checklist for Telecommuters

by | Nov 4, 2021 | Coworking Space, Remote Work, Workplace Wellness | 0 comments

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The following checklist is recommended for use by each telecommuter in organizing an alternate worksite. The telecommuter should review this checklist with his/her supervisor prior to the start of telecommuting, and they are encouraged to work together to ensure the safety of the alternate worksite or co-working space.


  • Telecommuter has a clearly defined workspace that is kept clean and orderly.
  • The work area is adequately illuminated with lighting directed toward the side or behind the line of vision, not in front or above it.
  • Exits are free of obstructions.
  • Supplies and equipment (both company and employee-owned) are in good condition.
  • The area is well ventilated and heated.
  • Storage is organized to minimize risks of fire and spontaneous combustion.
  • All extension cords have grounding conductors.
  • Exposed or frayed wiring and cords are repaired or replaced immediately upon detection.
  • Electrical enclosures (switches, outlets, receptacles, junction boxes) have tight-fitting covers or plates.
  • Surge protectors are used for computers, fax machines, and printers.
  • Heavy items are securely placed on sturdy stands close to walls.
  • Computer components are kept out of direct sunlight and away from heaters.

Usually all these points in the checklist are contemplated in a Co-working Space

Emergency Preparedness

  • Emergency phone numbers (hospital, fire department, police department) are posted at the alternate worksite.
  • A first aid kit is easily accessible and replenished as needed.
  • Portable fire extinguishers are easily accessible and serviced as needed.


  • Desk, chair, computer, and other equipment are of appropriate design and arranged to eliminate strain on all parts of the body, in conformance with Occupational Health Program guidelines.


Posted by Press8Telecomm on 1st February, 2013
Updated November 5th, 2021


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