Lone Worker Protection series
Module 5: Protecting against the risks
You’re aware there are risks to your team members who work on their own – so how to you help protect them? We go through some practical steps you can take, including looking at communication, clothing, training and technology.
How can you protect against the risks?
The first step to protecting your lone workers is evaluating the risks they might face.
Take a close look at your workplace and identify potential hazards. It’s essential to create a risk assessment specific to lone workers. This document will help you understand the risks they encounter and how to reduce them.
Not sure where to start? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered! We’ve put together a five-step guide that will walk you through the risk assessment process.
Clothing and equipment
The next practical step is to equip your lone workers with the right gear.
Personal Protective Equipment, or PPE, is crucial for their safety. Depending on the nature of their work, they might need items like hats, gloves, goggles, or high-visibility clothing. Whatever they need, make sure they have it readily available.
Properly equipping your lone workers can significantly reduce the risk of accidents and injuries on the job.
In this digital age, technology can play a vital role in protecting your lone workers.
Embrace lone worker safety solutions that don’t have to cost a fortune or take forever to set up. With the right lone worker app or device, you can quickly implement a comprehensive safety system for your high-risk employees.
For example, we have the PG Smart, a user-friendly app that can be set up in minutes. It uses the worker’s phone technology, including GPS, and can combine with a discreet Bluetooth trigger device, the PG Click for added protection.
Communication is key! Keeping the lines open with your lone workers is crucial for their safety.
Find the most efficient way to stay connected with your lone workers and establish a check-in system so they can let you know they’re safe regularly.
In emergencies, ensure your lone workers know what to do and who to contact. Having a clear emergency response plan can make all the difference.
Education and Training
Empower your lone workers with proper education and training.
Provide them with the necessary training to handle their tasks safely and educate them about the potential risks they may face and how to avoid or respond to them effectively.
An informed and trained lone worker is better equipped to handle any challenges they may encounter. At Pick Protection, we offer full training for you and your team as part of your monthly cost, so everyone can be clear and confident on how to use their app, device and the system as a whole.
By taking these measures, you show your lone workers that their safety is a top priority. A safe and secure work environment boosts productivity and creates a positive company culture.
Remember, protecting your lone workers is not just a legal requirement; it’s the right thing to do. So, take action now and make a difference in your employees’ lives.