Lone Worker Review

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Before deciding to invest in a technology based lone worker system there are a number of things you should consider.

It is worthwhile to carry out a risk assessment to evaluate the extent of risks involved with lone working and to undertake a lone worker audit to identify what you require from a lone worker system.

Some questions you should ask yourself on the audit are….

  • Do you have a lone worker policy?
  • Have you identified how many lone workers you have in your organisation?
  • Are all your lone working staff trained in personal safety awareness?
  • Will you know where to start looking for an employee should they not return to base on time?
  • If a lone worker employee decided to change their plans during the day would you be aware of this?
  • Do you have a clear procedure to follow in the case someone does not return to the office at the expected time?
  • Do you have a system for employees to raise a covert alarm in case of an emergency whilst working alone?
  • Are you confident that an appropriate person will pick up the phone if an employee calls the office in an emergency?
  • Do you have a system that you use to monitor employees when they are working out of hours?
  • How often do you review risk assessments?

 

The Suzy Lamplugh Trust have put together a document which offers additional guidance on the above including further questions to ask yourself before choosing a system such as whether to choose a lone worker system which operates on a mobile phone or involves a separate device?

Download the Suzy Lamplugh’s Guidance on Choosing a Lone Worker System: Click Here