Lone Working Risk Assessments and Audits – Questions to Ask Yourself
Before deciding to invest in a technology based lone worker system there are a number of things you should consider.
It’s worthwhile carrying out a lone working risk assessment to evaluate the extent of risks involved and to undertake a lone worker audit to identify what you require from a lone worker system. Read our advice on creating a lone working risk assessment here.
Some questions you should ask yourself when conducting an audit…
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 (such as conflict management or de-escalation techniques)?
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?
Free Download – Five Step Risk Assessment Guide
Lone workers can face risks that some organisations may not even think about. As with any other form of work, employers are expected to undertake a risk assessment before employees are allowed to work alone.
Click the button below to download your free ‘Five Step Risk Assessment Guide’ to help get you started.