The trend for people requiring care, basic maintenance, support or assistance in their own homes instead of in residential settings continues to increase at a rapid rate. As the number of people ageing or with a disability increases, there is a greater demand for services that allow them to stay in their own homes within the community. The range of providers, including carers, nurses, cleaners, housekeepers, property maintenance personnel and pharmacy services, highlights an increased need for guidance in managing work health and safety (WHS) challenges that arise when providing a service within homes or community settings. Challenges include not only the many and varied WHS and other hazards faced by workers, but also the corresponding WHS responsibilities of employers, workers, contractors and clients.
These guidelines aim to provide case studies that have proven successful elsewhere in managing a range of hazards; and includes checklists and forms that can be adapted to a workplace.