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    Title: 1904.5 - Work at Home
    Type: Text Slide

    • Injuries and illnesses that occur while an employee is working at home are work-related if they:
      - occur while the employee is performing work for pay or compensation in the home, and
      - are directly related to the performance of work rather than the general home environment
    Speaker Notes:

    When employees are working at home, a case is work-related when an employee is injured or becomes ill while working for pay or compensation. Cases are not work-related if they are related to the general home environment.

    For example, if an employee drops a box of work documents and injures her foot, the case would be considered work-related. If an employee's fingernail was punctured and became infected by a needle from a sewing machine used to perform garment work at home, the injury would be considered work-related.

    If an employee was injured because he tripped on the family dog while rushing to answer a work phone call, the case would not be considered work-related. If an employee working at home is electrocuted because of faulty home wiring, the injury would not be considered work-related.

    OSHA Directive CPL 2-0.125 gives guidance on OSHA’s policy for employees who are working at home and explains that OSHA will not conduct inspections at home offices.