Do You Manage Health & Safety For Your Lone Workers?
Health and safety laws apply to remote workers just as they do for employees working at your business premises. For the typical home worker, key health and safety issues are similar to those in an office: ensuring that the workstation is suitable; checking electrical equipment; avoiding trailing wires, and so on.
In order to address the risk of lone working, it is important to have a clear understanding of what it is.
Lone Workers include Home workers and remote workers and these working practices are becoming increasingly commonplace, particularly now that technology enables them to stay linked to and communicate with their employers and colleagues located elsewhere. Remote working environments can also introduce challenges for supervision and continuous communication and it’s important to ensure that those risks are also identified.
Establishing a healthy and safe working environment for lone workers can be different from organizing the health and safety of other employees but they should not be placed at more risk than other people working for you.
Assessing areas of risk include violence, manual handling, the medical suitability of the individual to work alone and whether the workplace itself presents a risk to them.
Many employers of Lone Workers are using widely available technical solutions linked to a Monitoring Centre to ensure their safety is being met at all times and not just in the case of an emergency. Staff check in and out with the monitoring service; and there is a variety of emergency devices available should they find themselves in danger, where a single push of a button summons the help they might desperately need.
In today’s Digital World there are many convenient and affordable solutions available to employees and employers alike so now there is no excuse not to be provided with a safe system of work following industry best practice.