Lone Worker – improve lone working conditions

October 22, 2008 by · Leave a Comment 

As a lone worker or employer of lone workers its important to understand lone worker policy.

In Ireland the Health Service Executive (H.S.E.) has produced a leaflet entitled “Working Alone in Safety”. The document can be downloaded by clicking on the link at the bottom of this page.

While there is legislation to cover people in a place of work, the legislation is a bit unclear when considering a lone worker. The legislation puts the onus on the Employer to assess risks to lone workers and determine the appropriate measures to ensure acceptable lone working conditions. In turn, the employee bears the responsibility of taking reasonable care of themselves, of people affected by their work and to cooperate with employers in meeting their obligations.

A Lone Worker works on their own without close or direct supervision. A Lone Worker can be in a fixed premises such as a petrol station or be a mobile worker working away from a fixed premises such as a district nurse.

It is an employers legal duty to consult with employees on health and safety matters and this applies to all workers, including lone workers. Part of this consultation, which is essentially a risk assessment, can result in a clear need for control measures needing to be put in place. Control measures can include training, supervision or protective equipment being a requirement.

Importantly, when a risk assessment shows that it is not possible for the work to be done safely by a lone worker, arrangements for providing HELP OR BACKUP should be put in place.

Employers further need to be up to date on any specific law on lone working as it applies to their industry AND where there are 5 or more employees, the main points of the risk assessment must be recorded.

The risk assessment needs to account for the possible risk of violence in a particular job and also need to ask themselves about safe entry and exit procedures for those job descriptions where that is a key consideration.

The H.S.E. leaflet states that “Procedures will need to be put into place to monitor lone workers to see they remain safe”. This can include AUTOMATIC WARNING DEVICES WHICH OPERATE IF SPECIFIC SIGNALS ARE NOT RECEIVED PERIODICALLY FROM THE LONE WORKER or OTHER DEVICES DESIGNED TO RAISE THE ALARM IN THE EVENT OF AN EMERGENCY.

Halo Security offers a Man Down Panic Alarm to enhance Lone Worker Safety and provide employers and employees or indeed individuals with some peace of mind under lone working conditions.

Under the Employers Liabilty Compulsory Insurance (ELCI) Act of 1969, most employers are REQUIRED BY LAW to insure their employees against workplace injury or disease. Lone Workers must be included in ELCI cover.



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