24 March 2020
Employers hold the main responsibility for protecting the health and safety of lone workers. After extensive research, we identified the 5 biggest risks to lone workers as follows: lack of training, lack of security, health risks, lack of resources and perceived culture.
We have outlined mitigation suggestions for these risks below:
Lack of training
You should train your lone workers on a regular basis. You should also inform them of your company’s Health and Safety procedures.
Lack of security
You should put a reliable communication system in place. The system should be able to tell when your employees have gone home and when they are in an emergency situation.
When carrying out your risk assessment, take into account people are more vulnerable in your organisation. For example, pregnant women or someone with previous health problems.
Lack of resources
Often, lone workers complete tasks that are meant for more than one person. Risk assess all lone workers ensuring that they are not exposed to more risks than other employees.
You should make it clear to your employees that health and safety is not just a box ticking exercise. Mitigating these risks could potentially help them in a life-threatening situation.
Protecting lone workers from high-risk situations is of high importance. We hope that this blog helps you identify potential risks to your lone workers and gives you some ideas on how to reduce them. If you liked this blog, why not check out our other blog: ‘is lone worker protection in your health and safety strategy?’.