A lone worker is someone who carries out their work on their own or without any direct supervision, and with more people working from home than ever before, it’s important that businesses consider the health and safety implications for lone workers.
HR News explained that, in general terms, lone workers are most at risk of suffering from workplace injuries or being involved in accidents.
Although lone working has traditionally been associated with sectors such as agriculture or heavy industry, or jobs that involve working with machinery or working with members of the public in health and social care, this definition has to change.
The publication noted that, while you may think those working in their own homes in a familiar environment are a lower risk of accidents than those in other settings, there are other risks to consider.
“They also have an increased risk in terms of the fact they are far less visible to their colleagues,” the news provider stated.
As a result, there are a number of steps businesses across all industries should consider taking to ensure people’s safety.
The first of these is to ensure that employees carry out dynamic risk assessments when they’re working alone. Second on the list is to make sure all your workers are aware of the specific health and safety requirements related to your business.
During the first lockdown in the UK, Charity Today shared some advice from Suzie Lamplugh Trust to help businesses that aren’t used to managing lone workers. Among the tips were to assign people work buddies, who they check in with at the start and end of each working day and to make sure people know they can share any concerns they have with their manager.
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