Working remotely allows your workforce to get the job done on their terms. There's no longer the need to coop everyone up inside of an office. Rather than dictating where they work, you can provide them with various tools and apps that allow for communication, collaboration, and more. It can reduce costs, boost productivity, and eliminate the need for everyone to commute through traffic on a daily basis.
Of the many potential health and safety hazards, perhaps the most terrifying to contemplate are fire related. In particular, for office workers without heavy machinery to manage, forklifts to dodge, heights to scale or holes to fall into it's easy for complacency to set in and the very real danger that fire can present can be ignored. Despite this fires are the most common cause of damage and death in any workplace.
Since the introduction of the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015, concerns have been raised that the emphasis on the punitive measures of the new legislation isn’t doing anything to actually make our workplaces safer.
Experts in the industry are concerned that a fear of the consequences of failing to obey the law to the letter means that businesses are only aiming to meet the minimum Health and Safety requirements. Focusing on the benefits to everyone of a holistic Health and Safety Culture in the workplace would be a better goal.