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7 steps to minimise risks to employees who work alone

Two serious risks faced by employees who work alone are violent attacks and hindered access to help in an emergency.

Two serious risks faced by employees who work alone are violent attacks and hindered access to help in an emergency.

Even work tasks that generally would be safe if other people were present can become more hazardous if they are performed in isolation.

Every employer has a legal duty to take all reasonably practicable steps to eliminate or reduce the health and safety risks to employees, including those working alone.

Below are 7 measures employers can implement to reduce these risks.

Implement a working alone policy

This policy should explain:

Provide training and instruction

Ensure your workers fully understand your working alone policy and know how to perform tasks safely when they are alone.

Regularly communicate with the worker

Communicate regularly with workers who are working alone and have an emergency plan in place if the worker fails to respond.

Plan for emergencies

Ensure you have an adequate emergency management plan (EMP) for all your workplaces, including vehicles if they are used to carry out work.

Thoroughly train your workers in your EMP if:

Implement personal security measures

Lighting, security cameras and alarms can act as deterrents for assault. Consider providing personal alarms if the risks are particularly high.

Monitor the worker

You can do this by:

Also consider using a tracking system whereby the worker checks in every hour or more regularly. If no check-in is received, immediate assistance is sent to the worker.

Provide accommodation

If the employee is required to work in a remote area or another city, you may need to provide accommodation while the work is being carried out.

Ensure these premises do not expose workers to any health and safety risks.

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