Are you a lone worker? You may have previously thought that the answer to this question was a resounding ‘no’. You work in an office; in a school with colleagues teaching in the next room; you clean buildings with a group of other cleaners. Lone working is reserved for the emergency services, care workers or maintenance workers who travel on their own between jobs.
But you may be a lone worker without realising it. Do you ever have to work on your own in the community? Visit other premises as part of your job? Stay late in the office when your colleagues have all left? Work at home on occasion? Man a shop by yourself as part of your role?
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) defines lone working as ‘those who work by themselves without close or direct supervision’. This does not mean you have to be working alone at all times. So if you have now asked yourself the question ‘am I a lone worker?’ and the answer is ‘yes’, you need to ensure your workplace has the correct solutions and policies in place to protect you in your job.
There is no general legal prohibition on working alone. However, under the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 and the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999, employers have a legal duty to assess all health and safety risks to employees, including lone workers.
Solutions are available for lone workers, no matter what job role you have or what industry you work in. At Pick Protection, we supply a range of products and services allowing organisations to implement a tailored solution to meet their needs. As a lone worker, you should not be exposed to more risk than other employees in your organisation.