Companies may be expanding their use of telecommuters, but they're all but ignoring many of the health and safety issues involved.
That's the message from experts at a recent National Safety Council conference, who warned that ignorance could result in significant employer liabilities stemming from injuries and long-term disabilities.
Among the risks employers should watch for: physical injuries from poorly designed workstations, higher rates of car-accident injuries for field salespeople and mental stress from isolation and limited social support.
As we've mentioned, you should inspect employees' home offices and issue guidelines to telecommuters about their home-office safety requirements. Require training on how to establish a safe work environment, and hold regular meetings to check in with remote workers.