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Lone Workers Face Unique Risks: Keep Them Healthy And Safe

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Nearly 8 million employees in the UK are lone workers (those that work by themselves without direct supervision)—that’s more than 20 per cent of the working population, according to industry research. Especially in the age of technological advancements and flexible work offerings (e.g. working remotely), lone working has become an increasingly common practice. Whether it be a homeworker, driver, maintenance employee, security guard, cleaner or any number of contractors, lone workers are present in a variety of industries. However, these employees also face unique occupational risks, seeing as a lack of supervision can increase the likelihood of an unsafe working environment. Use these tips to keep your lone workers safe:

  • Make sure the employee is competent. This involves ensuring they have appropriate levels of training, experience and medical suitability to work alone.
  • Implement an emergency communication system. Especially for employees that face daily hazards, it’s critical to be able to reach someone if disaster strikes. This could entail a safety alert device or 24/7 helpline.
  • Conduct a lone working risk assessment. This should include making sure the work environment is healthy and safe, as well as discussing potential risks with the employee and appropriate mitigation solutions.



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