Health and safety partner Kizzy Augustin has been quoted in the Fellowes “New Way of Working” Guide that was launched in order to put the topic of health and wellbeing on the news agenda and educate businesses and employees on the role of preventative health and wellbeing for employees working from home.
The survey asked: has the enforced move to working from home had a detrimental effect on employees?
Research by Fellowes Brands among employees in France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Poland, Spain and the UK – all working from home for at least four months due to Covid-19 - paints a worrying picture of the issues faced
by many over recent months.
Kizzy Augustin, Health & Safety Partner at Russell Cooke Solicitors says: "Employers have always had responsibilities to look after the health, safety and welfare of its employees and the Covid-19 pandemic has simply highlighted these issues, particularly in the context of home working. Having a suitable and sufficient risk/workstation assessment is key to achieving legal compliance. Moving forwards, employers should continue to communicate and consult with employees in order to identify dynamic risks whilst employees work from home. Employees also need to do what is reasonable to assist their employers in meeting their respective legal obligations. Both need to maintain a proactive and preventative approach to look after not only physical safety issues, but also the occupation health and wellbeing of its employees."
Fellowes Brands research reveals detrimental impact of home working on the nation's mental and physical health is available to read at Business Insider online.
Kizzy has been interviewed across a range of radio stations on the subject, including BBC Radio Hereford and Worcester, BBC Radio Northampton, UCB Radio, BBC Radio Leeds, BBC Radio Sussex and Surrey.
The New Way of Working Report is available to read on Fellowes website.
Kizzy is a partner in the fraud and criminal litigation team, specialising in health and safety.
She has significant experience in defending companies, senior directors and employees in corporate manslaughter and serious fire / health and safety prosecutions. Kizzy has a particular interest in the law relating to directors' health and safety duties and health and safety issues within the construction, care homes, environmental, manufacturing, fire, rail and retail industries. She has represented those alleged to have breached health and safety legislation in interviews under caution and in court, if proceedings are ultimately brought against them.