According to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE):
“Working alone is not in itself against the law and it will often be safe to do so. However, the law requires employers to consider carefully, and then deal with, any health and safety risks for people working alone. Employers are responsible for the health, safety and welfare at work of all their workers. They also have responsibility for the health and safety of any contractors or self-employed people doing work for them.”
“These responsibilities cannot be transferred to any other person, including those people who work alone. Workers have responsibilities to take reasonable care of themselves and other people affected by their work activities and to co-operate with their employers in meeting their legal obligations.”
“Lone workers must be aware of the particular risks they face and be familiar with control measures in place to ensure their own safety.”
Training is particularly important where there is limited supervision to control, guide and help in situations of uncertainty. It will also help avoid panic reactions in unusual situations. On completion of this Lone Working eLearning Course, users will understand how a lone worker is defined, different types of lone workers (eg regular, remote) and the possible hazards and risks they may face. The course discusses different types of control measures such as regular communication, periodic checks, automatic warning devices and message systems.
Lone workers should not be at more risk than other employees. This may require extra risk control measures. Precautions should take account of normal work and foreseeable emergencies, e.g. fire, equipment failure. Lone workers should be capable of carrying out their tasks in a lone working environment and know how to respond correctly to emergencies.
Main sections in this Lone Working online training:
- Hazards and Procedures
- Personal Safety
- Final Test