Are there ways to ensure my lone workers are safe?
Yes, there are many things that can be done to increase the safety and protection of lone workers.
Risk assessment for lone workers
General risk assessments according to the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 need to be done by all employers. Also, if there are any significant findings, these have to be recorded. Even though a separate risk assessment doesn’t need to be done for lone workers, it is essentially that they are considered when the general risk assessment is done.
Develop a policy for lone working
Employees can use this practical guide when carrying out their jobs. When there is a lone worker policy that is effective, it can greatly help to improve the safety culture within the company and lower the chances of legal issues. In order to have a strong policy, you need to think about all the possible risks that your lone workers can encounter and provide the best actions that they should take.
Lone working policies should have the following:
– Key definitions
– Risks according to the type of lone worker or job
– Information of the background as well as purpose statement
– Contact and support information
– How to report incidents
– Organizational commitment
We have developed a document which should assist you in making your company’s lone working policy. However, keep in mind that you can’t simply use the same document as ours. Your lone working policy should be custom tailored to your company.
Lone worker training
There are many risks of working alone and therefore, training should be given to any lone workers. Lone workers don’t have other employees around them which means that it would be very challenging for them to get assistance if an emergency happens, lone worker alarms are often used to alert others if there are any issues. So, they need to be well trained to deal with this challenge and know how to deal with dangerous situations where they can get hurt.
This type of training is important for all employees, however, it is critical for lone working employees. Since lone workers work alone, there aren’t other people around to indicate when there is a risk that can cause an accident or even provide help if an accident or other emergency occurs. So, it is very important for lone workers to be able to quickly identify risks and then deal with them on their own.
Lone worker service
There are lone worker services such as the one by Peoplesafe which is accredited. This type of service is meant to help monitor employees and ensure that they are safe as well as respond in the event of an emergency.
There are lots of advantages of investing in this type of service. It will help ensure you abide by your duty of care as well as ensure your employees feel much safer. This will make them feel more valued and it will naturally lower staff turnover and the cost of recruitment.
Also, if an employee gets an injury, the cost of dealing with this is significantly higher than the cost of protection.