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Printing Instructions | Text Version
Title: 1904.5 - Work at Home
Type: Text Slide
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.