There will be lone workers in most companies at some time or another. They could be working in a remote area of the premises, a driver, a representative visiting clients’ homes, or just opening or locking up a workplace.
It is often safe to work alone but employers must assess the risks before allowing lone working.
So, what can be done?
Consider what the worker is doing, where they are working and what could happen to them.
- Do they have any pre?existing medical conditions that would increase risk such as epilepsy, severe allergies or asthma attacks?
- Is the workplace safe? Consider physical hazards (trips, slips, falls), machinery operations, etc.
- Is there a risk of violence from customers or members of the public? This could be an issue in a retail environment or where the workplace is not secure.
Employers should make sure they know what is happening with their employees. Put systems or procedures in place to ensure they can be contacted. It could be that employers send another person to check on them physically, call them, or use CCTV or other remote video surveillance.
Workers should also take responsibility by ensuring others know of their whereabouts. This is particularly relevant for those visiting premises out of normal office hours. Consider a system of reporting in to management, supervisors or significant others.
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