Am I a lone worker?

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 realizing it. Do you ever have to work on your own in the community? Visit other premises as part of your work? Stay late at the office when your colleagues have all left? Work at home on occasion? Man a shop by yourself as part of your role?

The Healthy 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 one hundred per cent of the time. 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 etc Act 1974 (link) and the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 (link), employers have legal duties to assess all risks to health and safety, including the risk of lone working. You may find it helpful to direct your employer to this site to complete our free questionnaire/risk assessment (link).

Solutions are available for lone workers, no matter what job role you have or industry you work in. As a lone worker you should not be put at more risk than other people in your organisation.

For more information on lone worker solutions that Pick Protection can offer, please call 0141 229 0048 or view Lone Worker Solutions here.