Lone Worker Policy
This policy is to ensure that there are adequate systems in place to ensure the health, safety and welfare of lone workers in order to reduce the risks of lone working as far as is reasonably possible and practicable.
Security systems including CCTV and Access Control are designed to reduce the need for lone working where possible. If this is not possible, safe work practices should be implemented, in line with the findings of a general risk assessment, to avoid or minimise the possibility of abuse.
The objectives of this policy are to ensure
- Lone workers are identified.
- Those risks inherent in lone worker situations are assessed and suitable precautionary measures taken.
There is a local safe system of work which:
- Records the whereabouts of lone workers.
- Tracks the movement of lone workers.
- Follows an agreed system for locating staff who deviate from their expected movement pattern.
- Identifies when lone working is no longer appropriate.
- Maintain a log of the locations of employees considered to be lone workers.
- Maintain contact with staff that works alone, both internally and externally.
- Implement systems to identify that staffs who does not report or return at the expected time.
- Ensure systems are in place to take action to contact / locate staffs that has failed to make contact or return at the expected time.
- Raise the appropriate level of alert / alarm and inform the manager on call if staff cannot be contacted / located within 60 minutes after the expected time of contact or return.
- If staff cannot be located, then contact the police.
- Monitor and update this policy as appropriate.
Safe System of Work
- Radios should be used when employees are within radio frequency distance of each other (example: check point or nightclub).
- Personnel attack alarms should be used when employees are working in non-built up or high risk areas.
- Mobile phones should be used to make hourly check calls when staffs are on-site.
- Mobile patrols should be made when patrolling sites near to the site employees are working.
Online Issue Date: 31/12/2019
Next review date: 31/12/