HSE estimate that back pain costs British business up to £624 million per year

Under The Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999’ employers have the primary responsibility for providing a safe working environment for their employees.

The DSE regulations apply where employees use a computer with a VDU screen as a significant part of their normal work. Briefly, the Regulations require employers to:

  • Analyse workstations to assess and reduce risks

  • Ensure workstations meet specified minimum requirements

  • Plan work activities so that they include breaks or changes of activity

  • Provide eye and eyesight tests on request, and special spectacles if needed

  • Provide information and training

In short, whether in an office or at home, your duty is to provide a suitable workstation that won’t put your employee at risk of injury.

We can help with DSE assessment, training your team to carry out DSE assessment, provide ergonomic solutions or a full range of Health and Safety consultancy services. Click here for more information.

Working from Home Tax Exemption

If you have team members working from home, a tax exemption is available for employer provided’ home office equipment.

During lockdown, a temporary exemption meant that equipment purchased by the employee and reimbursed by the employer was also tax exempt. Since April 5th, 2022, this is no longer applicable.

To qualify for the tax saving the employer has to arrange distribution to home workers directly. The equipment remains the property of the employer and should subsequently be returned/​collected if no longer needed e.g.,employee leaves the company or becomes full time office based.

Because co-ordinating distribution and collection of equipment can be too onerous for some businesses, we provide an innovative asset management process. Not only will you retain the tax benefit without the additional management, but it supports carbon responsibility, reduces waste and saves money.

Contact us for more information on working from home office furniture