There are between six and eight million lone workers in the UK, according to the British Safety Council. In other words: around 20% of the British workforce.
A ‘lone worker’ includes anyone whose role requires them to perform without supervision, full or part-time. Whether that means fixing a wind turbine, conducting home visits for patients, or working the graveyard shift solo, these workers need health and safety policies, protection measures, and training – tailored around the specific risks they face.
Team members who work unsupervised are at greater risk than those who are surrounded by colleagues and managers. After all, if a lone worker is injured, has an accident, or – as unfortunately happens all too often – is attacked whilst on the job, how would you know?
Because of the inherent risks associated with lone working, company directors have a legal responsibility to keep these employees safe, wherever they are.
So if you have any lone workers on your payroll, you need to write up a lone worker policy.
Whilst there’s no one-size-fits-all lone worker policy – as the specific clauses and considerations will need to be entirely relevant to your business – we are here to help.
This guide covers everything employers need to think about, to write their lone worker health and safety documents.
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