Lone Workers

Lone Workers

Thursday 17th February 2022
Direct Training (GB) Ltd.

Throughout the world, many jobs require that workers work alone or carry out specific tasks alone. This is known as lone working or being a lone worker.

If you are an employer, under the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations, it Is your responsibility to manage any potential health and safety risks before any of your employees can work alone. This also applies if you contract somebody to work for you, including people who are self-employed.

Examples of lone workers include:
- People who work from home
- Security staff
- Cleaners
- Health workers
- Engineers
- Delivery drivers
- Petrol station employees
- Warehouse staff

These are just a few examples but anyone who either works by themselves, without close contact or without supervision can be classified as a lone worker.

To assess risks to a lone worker, there are a few steps that you must take:

1. Consider the risks that may affect lone workers. These can include:
- Stress and mental health or wellbeing
- Violence in the workplace
- A person's medical suitability to work alone
- The workplace itself, this can include analysing whether the workplace is a rural or isolated area.

2. Consider whether the job is high-risk as certain high-risk jobs require at least one additional person to be present. Examples of high-risk work include:
- Diving operations
- Working with vehicles which are carrying explosives
- Confined spaces; in this scenario, a supervisor may need to be present as well as someone who is trained in a rescue role.
- Working with fumigation

3. Are a person's home working conditions suitable:
- Are your employees home working conditions safe
- Do they have the correct amount of lighting, ventilation etc.