OSHA in your bedroom

Dennis Putnam dap1 at MINDSPRING.COM
Tue Jan 4 17:08:09 MST 2000


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At 11:40 AM 1/4/00 -0700, you wrote:
>Today Rush brought to my attention that OSHA has announced that
>it has jurisdiction over home offices, and said that views a
>home office as an extension of an employee's workplace, and the
>employer is responsible for conditions in the home office if it
>allows employees to telecommute.
>
>  SNIP

This was clarified on tonight's news. First these are NOT OSHA
regulations but rather suggestions to limit the liability of
companies that have telecommuters. There was a Texas company that has
a lot of employees that telecommute and they asked OSHA for a
statement of understanding. OSHA replied that it is POSSIBLE that a
company can be liable for injuries sustained while on the job at home
due to unsafe working conditions. Those specific conditions are
issued by OSHA to employer work places not homes. OHSA admits it has
no authority to inspect home offices or even regulate them. Although
one can sue for almost anything is seems impossible that one could
prevail because they slipped on a banana peel and got hurt in their
own home (CA excepted of course). However, this is not an OSHA
decision but will have to be handled by the courts should the
situation arise.

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