With the growing need for Health and Safety in the workplace organisations are now obliged to have systems in place that ensure the safety of their lone workers. With the many factors and service options to consider it can become a daunting process on deciding the best course of action for your business. Uniqwin can help analyse the options available to suit your particular needs in the most cost effective way.
The law requires employers to think about and deal with any health and safety risks before people are allowed to do work alone.
The Health Safety Executive website states:
Things you could consider to help ensure lone workers are not put at risk include:
- assessing areas of risk including violence, manual handling, the medical suitability of the individual to work alone and whether the workplace itself presents a risk to them
- requirements for training, levels of experience and how best to monitor and supervise them
- making sure you know what is happening, including having systems in place to keep in touch with them
Here are some relevant issues to take into account:
Define who your lone workers are. The Health Safety Executive definition is ‘an employee who performs any activity that is intended to be carried out in isolation without close or direct supervision’.
Lone Worker Risk Assessment
Define the risks involved to your lone workers health and safety.
Risks to lone workers can occur in various situations such as:
Possible stranger problems, health problems, visitor problems, aggressive customers and risk of criminal attack, etc.
High-risk locations, driving, working at height, working around heavy machinery, accident prone areas and long time isolation.
Some tasks create more risk e.g., cash handling, legal enforcement, managing valuables, alcohol and drugs, heavy work and weapons location.
Lone Worker Protection
We can help you evaluate the level of risks your workers face. We will then help you mitigate these risks by devising policies and strategies specific to your needs, in order to provide appropriate lone worker protection.
We can help devise possible solutions and strategies to your issues and oversee them on your behalf. Some common solutions are:
- Changing your worker patterns to reduce the lone workers risk.
- Creating systems where regular checks are carried out on workers.
- Installing monitoring systems such as CCTV or lone worker tracking devices including live monitoring .
With the variety of methods available to protect your workers we can help you understand each method and conclude the best possible solution to protect them and your business. We can supply you with the equipment and services to meet your needs and requirements.