Lone Working Policy – Minimise the Risks to Your Lone Workers
What is a Lone Working Policy?
If you have lone workers, you’ll need a lone working policy. This is a comprehensive guide setting out your organisation’s rules on working alone. Putting in place a dedicated policy will help minimise the risks that lone workers face. It will 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 danger. 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, be succinct enough to be read through and applied to working environments.
Risk Assessments and Lone Worker Policies – How They Tie In
Your lone worker risk assessment will be part of your overall policy document. You should ensure that colleagues 100% understand the reason for creating it and that they actually comply with the procedures. 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 should enable employees to amend their behaviour to lessen that risk. Good employers are expected to undertake a risk assessment before employees are allowed to work alone.
Find out more about how to effectively evaluate and carry out a lone worker risk assessment here.
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
Places of work
Working outside normal hours
Lone worker risk assessments
Health & safety
Safe system of work