Lone workers encompass a large, diverse group of the UK’s working population. In fact, some estimates project that more than 20% of the UK workforce are lone workers. The best way to protect your lone workers is with lone worker alarms. Safe Alert alarms put both workers and employers at ease, knowing that help will be on the way quickly if anything happens.
The Importance of a Lone Worker Policy
Another way to protect your lone workers is for them to create a policy. Lone workers need their own policies and procedures to ensure they are protected from any specific risks and hazards. A lone worker policy is an official document that identifies the risks faced by lone workers. It also sets out the responsibilities of both the employer and employee in ensuring that lone workers can work safely. Make sure to update your lone worker policy regularly.
Health and Safety at Work
Employers have a duty under the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 to ensure that the health, safety and welfare of their employees are protected. This includes providing safe systems, a safe place of work and suitable arrangements for employees’ welfare.
A good lone worker policy is presented as a joint effort between employee and employer to create a safe working environment. A lone worker safety policy exists to tell employees how to stay safe while on the job, as well as how managers should respond in case of an emergency. Implementing a good policy is fundamental when it comes to protecting your lone workers.
Key points to include in a Lone Worker policy:
- How a worker should report an emergency.
- The safety precautions they must take while performing tasks.
- Any special equipment they should wear or use while on the job.
- How often they must report progress from the job site.
- A clear indication of who is responsible for what.
- Considering and reporting the risks that could come with the job.
- State that they need to wear their safety alarm while on the job.
We’d recommend making lone worker alarms part of your policy. This indicates that you expect your lone workers to take their Safe Alert Alarms with them on the job and use them whenever they need help.
Enforcing Your Lone Worker Policy
Enforcing a new policy is easier when everyone understands why the policy exists. Make it clear that employee safety is your highest priority and following the lone worker policy is mandatory. This includes following the health and safety rules outlined in the risk assessment. Presenting a lone worker policy in the form of a checklist can help your staff to prepare for work properly. The lone workers can turn in the filled-out checklist each day before starting work. This will serve as a reminder to use the proper tools and correct safety equipment (including the Safe Alert Alarm) while at work.
Protect Your Lone Workers with Lone Alarms
Our Safe Alert Alarms help to keep lone workers safe every day. Our Monitoring Centre offers 24-hour support, 365 days a year for all alarm users. A Safe Alert Alarm allows your workers to carry out their jobs with peace of mind. Protect your lone workers with Lone Alarms today.
Editor’s Note: This article was updated on 21st September 2021 to reflect current information.