Lone Worker Policy

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Putting in place a Lone Worker Policy will help minimize the risks that lone workers face and enable you to put in place appropriate measures to improve their safety.

A lone worker policy is designed to alert staff to the risks presented by lone working, to identify the responsibilities each person has in this situation, and to describe procedures which will minimise such risks. It is designed to give staff a framework for managing potentially risky situations.

It should be a working document that is easily accessible to all staff and succinct enough to be read through and applied to working environments throughout an organisation.

An Example of a Lone Worker Policy

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A good lone worker policy should at least include material on following key topics:
  • Lone workers in fixed establishments
  • Mobile workers working away from their fixed base
  • Legal requirements
  • Applicable Laws
  • Places of Work
  • Personal responsibility
  • Working outside normal hours
  • Lone Worker Risk Assessment
  • Health & Safety
  • Safe System of Work
  • Organisational responsibilities
Lone Worker Devices

Lone Worker Devices

Overview

Your Lone Worker Risk Assessment will be part of your overall policy document. You should ensure that colleagues 100% understand the reason for developing the risk assessment and that they actually comply with the procedures put in place. It also helps if the risk assessment process is designed to be user friendly. The more accessible the process the higher staff uptake.

A good Lone worker risk assessment should predict the likelihood of injury and enable employees to amend their behavior to lessen that risk.

Research into a Lone Worker Protection Solution should also be part of your risk assessment. Click here for an overview of Guardian24’s lone worker devices.