What You Need to Know About Lone Working

Lone working can be a valuable part of your workforce planning, but like any employee, lone workers can face hazards in the workplace which put them at risk. It might sound obvious, but because lone workers work alone, they have nobody to help or support them should things go wrong. That means it’s your responsibility as an employer to think about and deal with any health and safety risks associated with lone working before they arise.

Your legal obligations

Although it will often be safe for your employees to work alone, as an employer, you have legal obligations towards all your workers which fall under the Health and Safety at Work Act and the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations.

If you have five or more workers (including lone workers), you’ll need to write down the risks you’ve identified and keep them on record. This should include the risks you’ve identified, how they may harm people and what you’re already doing to control them. It’s important to review these and update them should anything change within your business.

Risks of lone working

For lone workers, you will need to assess areas of risk which might include manual handling or potential threat of violence. You’ll also need to consider the level of training they will need to work alone, and how they can be monitored and supervised without physically being in the workplace. You should also have systems in place to keep in touch with your lone workers, enabling you to respond to any incidents should they occur.

Keeping your lone workers safe 

As a trusted security services provider, we can help to keep your lone workers safe by providing Welfare Checks. We’ll check in with your lone workers during their shifts to make sure they’re OK. Giving you peace of mind, our Welfare Checks are a valuable part of your business security strategy and another step you can take to help make lone working safe.

Find out more about our Welfare Checks by calling 0800 783 1025 or filling in your details here for a free no-obligation quote.

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