How to ensure the safety of your lone workers

Ceire Watson

July 26 2019

As an employer, the safety of your workers is paramount. You have a duty of care to them. Whether you supervise your workers or let them work alone, you need to ensure their safety.

How can you ensure their safety you ask? Let’s take lone workers for example.

For complete peace of mind, there are certain practices you can put in place:

  • Ensure you have a system in place for an employee to contact you in the event of an emergency.
  • Determine training requirements before confirming they are capable of being a lone worker.
  • Complete a risk assessment. Assess risks such as violence, medical suitability and the workplace itself.

You and your workers should have no safety concerns after the above measures are in place. However, in the event that they do, have a meeting to discuss the issues they have.

Resolutions may vary depending on the situation, but that’s okay. You'll still come away with a better idea of how to ensure worker safety.

Adapt and react

No two businesses are alike. While you may operate in the same industry as a competitor, your business is unique. You’ll have to adapt and react to changes needed to ensure the safety of every employee.

Some employees may need special adjustments made, including:

  • Young workers (under 18 years of age)
  • Disabled workers
  • Pregnant workers
  • Female workers – role dependent

Implementing the measures listed above will ensure the safety of your lone workers. Furthermore, they will be able to perform to the best of their abilities in the knowledge that you hold their best interests at heart.

If you have any further questions in relation to lone worker safety, contact our expert health & safety advisors on 0800 917 0771.

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