Lone workers are ‘those who work by themselves without close or direct supervision’ (Health and Safety Executive). Many hazards lone workers face are similar to those of other workers, but the risks however, may be greater because the worker is on their own.
There is no specific law dealing with lone working, however all health and safety legislation applies equally to lone workers. Employers have a duty to assess the risks to their employees who are lone working and take steps to avoid or control risks where necessary. This must include:
It may also include:
Conducting risk assessments should help the employer decide on the right level of supervision and the documentation should be reviewed regularly to ensure relevance and compliance under health and safety guidance.
.Common practices used by organisations to manage the personal safety of their lone workers include:
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