Seven Ways You Can Protect Your Lone Worker While They’re Isolated
If you have lone workers that you employ, there are different safety procedures you must follow to ensure they’re not at risk while on the job. The right precautions are necessary to make sure that no matter what tasks your lone workers are performing, they are protected while they’re isolated.
- Learn the law
Your business may be headquartered in one area while your lone worker is on a job in another city entirely. It’s important to understand the law in each area your isolated worker will be working in so that your company is never in violation of lone worker laws. There may be certain areas where isolated working is not allowed and you will have to send your lone worker out with a partner.
To ensure your lone worker is protected while they’re isolated, proper training is necessary. Do not send your worker out on a job until they are fully trained in the task they are supposed to complete and all safety and emergency response procedures involved.
- Risk assessments
Perform hazard and risk assessments of the job site prior to sending your lone worker out. If there’s even the smallest possibility that something could go wrong or that the work cannot be completed safely, you may have to reconsider sending the worker out alone.
- Action plans
Set up an action plan that your lone worker can follow in the event of an emergency. This plan should be detailed, easy to implement and get your lone worker to safety quickly.
Carry out check-ins hourly (or at an interval that makes sense for your business) to keep in constant contact with your lone worker. Check-ins can be done over the phone, on the radio, wirelessly through an app – whatever works best for your lone worker’s situation. Moreover, check-ins shouldn’t end when the workday is done. Ensure that your lone worker checks in with you when they’ve safely returned home from the job so you know they’re safe.
An important part of lone worker safety is setting limits. If at any point your isolated worker does not feel safe, they should be able to leave immediately.
- Supervisor visits
Send your supervisors to make occasional visits to your lone worker’s job site. Your supervisors can make assessments, check on the job’s progress and more importantly see that your lone worker is safe.
Before sending your lone worker out on any job, ensure that they’re protected. Sometimes even the smallest safety measures can save lives.