What can be done to help a lone worker stay safe?
There are many steps that can be taken to help ensure the safety of the lone worker:
Assess the hazards of your workplace.
Talk to employees about their work. Get their input about the work they do and possible solutions.
Investigate incidents at your workplace, and learn from incidents in similar workplaces.
Avoid having a lone worker whenever possible, especially for jobs with a recognized risk.
Take corrective action to prevent or minimize the potential risks of working alone.
Provide appropriate training and education.
Report all situations, incidents or ‘near misses’ where being alone increased the severity of the situation. Analyze this information and make changes to company policy where necessary.
Establish a check-in procedure. Make sure that regular contact is kept with all employees. Establish ways to account for people (visually or verbally) while they are working.
Schedule higher risk tasks to be done during normal business hours, or when another worker capable of helping in an emergency is present.
What is meant by working alone?
Is working alone a problem?
What are examples of high risk activities?
What is an example of a check-in procedure?
What are some factors to consider when assessing the workplace or situations?
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