Out of sight, out of mind?

Research into the Occupational Safety and Health of Distributed Workers

Less well-defined workforce and recent changes to more flexible working patterns are introducing challenges to today's workplaces. One of these transformations is exemplified by the way many workers spend at least some of their work time working away from a main office or location. Leading the occupational safety and health of these distributed workers is challenging, due to less opportunities for face-to-face contact and potential issues of access to safety, health and wellbeing resources.

The goal of this research is to understand the roles of both OSH practitioners and line managers play, to ensure the safety and health of distributed workers.

Out of sight, out of mind research front cover

Out of sight, out of mind? - full research report
Out of sight, out of mind? - summary report

The research has generated a toolkit for OSH practitioners to enhance development of effective line management behaviours. It toolkit provides practical awareness in the form of top tips, case studies and much more. As part of the toolkit you’ll also find materials to help you identify which type of leader you are and those abilities required to manage distributed workers.

Introduction to the toolkit materials video

Managing remote workers 

OSH practitioner self-reflection frameworkInteractive questionnairesHazards and risksBarriers and facilitatorsTop tipsCase studies

Additional materials

Our of sight, out of mind?

Professor Karina Nielsen, talks about how the research was conducted and some of the findings.

IOSH YouTube channel

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